A Call to Action

A Call to Action Photo
In a few days, global conservationists convene in Thailand for a meeting of CITES—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. This year, key efforts focus on sharks. As demand for fins grows, these apex predators are disappearing from the world’s oceans at an alarming rate. The oceanic whitetip shark’s fins are often used in shark fin soup, a prized meal in some Eastern cuisines. Fortunately, a whitetip’s fins possess distinctive characteristics, as indicated by its name, making their identification easier by authorities seeking to inhibit trade. Alongside other initiatives, WCS and coalition partners ask that CITES protect the species by regulating its commercial trade on a global scale.
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