Preparing the Pacific Region for CITES Shark Protections

Participants at the CITES workshop in Fiji, February 2014. Photo by CORAL staff

On February 11 and 12, 2014, in Nadi, Fiji, The Pew Charitable Trusts, CORAL, and the Fiji Government hosted the Oceania Follow-up Regional Workshop on the Implementation of CITES Appendix II Shark Listings. With representatives from 11 countries in the Pacific and over 60 participants and observers, significant progress was made toward ensuring these newly listed species--oceanic whitetip, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, smooth hammerhead,┬áthe porbeagle shark, and two species of manta rays--achieve the protection they desperately need. The workshop kicked off in traditional Fijian fashion with an opening welcome from Mr. Samuela Namosimaluaa, Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, as well as with a video message from the CITES Secretary General Mr. John Scanlon. The panel included Imogen Zethoven, Director of Global Shark Conservation for The Pew Charitable Trusts acting as … [Read more...]