A little interruption in the usual flow of pictures. Sharks are important for the health of the oceans. They’re amazing creatures. And they’re a joy to dive with.
Sharks can use your help. As sharksavers.com says:
Oceanic whitetip shark populations have dramatically declined and need to be protected. CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is the only international body that can provide meaningful global protection.
The United States government has been expected to propose oceanic whitetips for Appendix II listing at CITES. However, the October 4th deadline is approaching and there is still no sign of a proposal.
Please urge your US Senators, Representatives, and the Secretary of the Interior to protect oceanic whitetip sharks by proposing CITES protection.
Contact Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Phone: (202) 208-3100
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Why protect oceanic whitetips: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the species as Critically Endangered in the northwest and central Atlantic Oceans and Vulnerable elsewhere. Populations have declined by 99% in the Gulf of Mexico, by 70% in the Northwest and West Central Atlantic, and are regionally extinct in the Eastern Pacific. Oceanic whitetips are sought after for their fins and they are one of the species most prevalent in the shark fin trade.
The United States led the effort to list the oceanic whitetip at the 2010 CITES Conference and the proposal came very close to being adopted. There is abundant data to demonstrate that oceanic whitetip sharks are highly vulnerable and in need of protection. They provide virtually no economic value to the United States but, as apex predators, play an valuable role in maintaining balance in ocean ecosystems.
The United States should take the lead again and propose the listing of oceanic whitetip sharks at CITES this coming March.
The deadline to propose is October 4th. The time to contact your Senators, Congressmen, and Secretary Salazar is now.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.