Trade Talks Fail to Protect Two Shark Species


Two species of shark failed to receive protections last week from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), currently meeting in The Hague. Shark species around the world are in massive decline due to overfishing, and the porbeagle and spiny dogfish "are in a tailspin due to overfishing and poor management," said Greenpeace activist Carroll Muffett (quoted by the AP). While the U.S. delegate supported trade restrictions on the two species, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization lobbied heavily that the shark's decline was a European problem and needed to be handled locally, according to the BBC. The bid for protection failed to receive the two-thirds vote it would have needed for official CITES protection.

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