Friday, September 21, 2012

Urgent Action Needed! Help Oceanic Whitetip Sharks

Oceanic whitetip sharks—one of the most recognizable sharks in the ocean—have undergone significant population declines fueled by a global demand for their large, highly valued fins. They are considered Vulnerable globally, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. In the Gulf of Mexico, oceanic whitetip populations have declined by 99 percent in just over four decades.

The United States signaled its intention to submit a proposal to list this shark species on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which provides strict regulation of trade. To date, no proposal has been submitted and the Oct. 4 deadline is rapidly approaching.

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Your voice is critical and is needed now. Please write or call your members of Congress and the Secretary of the Interior to urge the United States to take action to protect oceanic whitetip sharks.

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