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


  1. Sam · March 22, 2010

    What’s the point in having an organization to protect endangered species if it won’t protect endangered species?

    It’s not like some of these issues are all that unknown, either. I guess maybe next time the conservation community will have to whip people up about it more and make it a bigger deal.

    I can’t help but to think that the Health Care Reform had a negative impact on publicity for this in the U.S., even though I’m pretty sure the U.S. voted for protected status in most cases. That’s right, right?

    • Southern Fried Scientist · March 22, 2010

      Yeah, the US was in support of most of these, it’s doubtful that health care reform played any part. This is a genuine international FAIL.

  2. Hai~Ren · March 25, 2010

    No protection in the end for porbeagles.

    What a complete flop, as far as protecting marine species is concerned.

  3. Ana K. · June 2, 2010

    im doing a project onthe sandbar sheark and it makes me mad when i read that their a popular game fish. yes, so that means people fish them and take their life for a person pleasure, like a trophy and a chance to say ” i caught a sandbar beat that” i think its cruel that we are fishing them for no perticular reason. well thats my opinion.

    peace love and icecream from the 7th grader in virgnia

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