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Commercial Interests Trump Endangered Species

The 15th United Nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species is meeting this week in Doha, Qatar to revise the current list of species protected under international trade agreements. On the proposed list for this year are Blue Fin Tuna, Nile Crocodile, Polar Bears, eight species of shark, and an entire family of red and pink corals. For those keeping score at home, the current results for marine animals are as follows.

  • No protection for Blue Fin Tuna
  • No new protection for Polar Bears
  • No protection for Nile Crocodiles
  • No protection for Oceanic Whitetip Sharks
  • No protection CITES II listing No protection for Porbeagle Sharks
  • No protection for Spiny Dogfish
  • No protection for Dusky sharks
  • No protection for Great Hammerheads
  • No protection for Smooth Hammerheads
  • No protection for Scalloped Hammerheads
  • No protection for Sandbar Sharks
  • No protection for the Corallidae family of red and pink corals

So much for that.

~Southern Fried Scientist


Deep-sea biologist, population/conservation geneticist, backyard farm advocate. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


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