Ahalan wa sahalan, CITES!

The CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) convention opened in Doha Quatar today–and it’s likely to be an interesting one. An agreement on the listing of bluefin tuna is the big controversy that signatories are threatening to storm out over this time around–it’s always something, right?

It’s times like these that make me realize how lucky we are to have a cute, fuzzy sea otter to protect–a big bluefin is a harder sell on the cute factor, as Julie Packard points out in Will We Only Save the Cute? on the Huffington Post today; but there’s all sorts of reasons to preserve bluefin, a fish prized for sushi-grade cuts.

CITES has 175 signatory nations. In addition to the tuna controversy, the convention will address trade in highly endangered tiger products, sharks, polar bears, and other lesser known species.  You can learn more about the Convention at their website www.cites.org , or check out the article at NPR.

About Allison

I am the new Executive Director of The Otter Project in Monterey, California! Originally from the Bay Area, I went to school in San Diego, and came back north to Monterey for graduate school, where I found my calling: saving sea otters! Working for The Otter Project combines my passion for environmental policy with my love of animals. When not advocating for sea otters, I enjoy yoga, volunteer wildlife rehab, reading, and spending time with my cat Alyssa, who, for the record, I did not name. I have been with The Otter Project since November of 2007.
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