Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thank you, Guy and Andrea

Putting watermarks on photos is annoying.  If you lift this, please link back to this blog!
Guy Stevens and Dr. Andrea Marshall are the two scientists responsible for much of the data that led to manta rays being approved by CITES Committee I.  Andrea attended the Convention of the Parties as a member of the Ecuadorian delegation; Guy as part of the Pew Charitable Trusts.  Both spent the week advocating with government delegates on the importance of passing the proposal.

Guy spent countless hours at the Pew booth conducting manta ray gill raker identification presentations with all interested delegates, something which proved critical to the supermajority passage.

The shark and manta rays now head to plenary where opposing countries, particularly China and Japan, will try to reopen the proposals to a vote.  Reopening requires 1/3 of countries present to vote in the affirmative.  The advocates who want to see these proposals confirmed are now asking governments to vote no to reopening the vote.  If the votes are reopened, we are asking governments to vote yes for protection.  We'll have more on how you can help in the upcoming hours.

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