Ted Williams's Blog Archive November, 2011
Judges keep Yellowstone bears on the threatened list, but their ruling also has given the government hopeSubmitted by Ted Williams on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 10:04.
UN Conservation Convention Accepts Ecuador Proposal to List Largest Living Rays
Bergen, Norway. November 25, 2011:
Shark Advocates International is heralding today’s overwhelming agreement by Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) to list the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) under CMS Appendix I and II. The listing obligates CMS member countries to provide strict national protections for giant manta rays and their key habitats, and encourages concerted global and regional action among all Range States to conserve the iconic species. Manta rays are under increasing threat from East Asian demand for their gill rakers, used in Chinese medicine, which is driving targeted fisheries.