The Pew Environment Group at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Approximately 73 million sharks – including the distinctive hammerheads – are killed annually, with their fins used in shark fin soup. Vulnerable sharks such as the porbeagle and spiny dogfish are killed in large quantities for their meat. A number of other shark species are threatened, with declines of more than 90%.

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is one of the most majestic fish in the sea. Studies show that the species has declined more than 80% since 1970, and is continuing to plummet, due to overfishing and international trade.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will meet from March 13 – 25, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. CITES, with 175 member countries, limits or prohibits international trade in endangered and threatened plants and animals. This is the first CITES Conference of the Parties to be held in the Middle East.

Atlantic bluefin tuna has been proposed for CITES Appendix I, which would prohibit international commercial trade in the species. Three hammerhead sharks, oceanic whitetips, spiny dogfish, porbeagles, sandbar and dusky sharks have been proposed for a CITES Appendix II listing, which would closely monitor and control international trade.

The Pew Environment Group supports these proposals and will advocate for their adoption in Doha.

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