All three species of thresher sharks and the silky shark were included under Appendix II of CITES in 2016.Countries were granted a one-year grace period “put the necessary regulations and processes into place”. The trade restrictions came into force yesterday.However, merely listing the species under CITES will not protect the sharks, some conservationists warn. International trade in silky and thresher sharks will now be strictly regulated, according to a press release by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).All three species of thresher sharks (Alopias spp.) and the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) were listed under CITES last year at the 17th Conference of Parties to the CITES held in Johannesburg, South Africa. But given the high commercial value of the sharks and the challenges involved in identifying products derived from these species, countries were granted a one-year grace period to “put the necessary regulations and processes into place”.The rules came into force on October 4, 2017.The four sharks are included within the Appendix II of CITES, which means that the sharks, or any product from them, can be globally traded. However, the exporting countries must be able to show that the products were sourced legally and were fished sustainably, at levels that do not threaten the survival of the shark species.“Contrary to certain misconceptions, CITES Appendix II does not prohibit the harvesting or international trade in any shark species, rather it has brought them under its strict trade controls to ensure that any such trade is legal, sustainable and reported,” CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon said in the statement. “These efforts will in turn contribute towards achieving enhanced sustainable fisheries management, and ending destructive fishing practices, including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and thereby supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”Trade in thresher sharks will now be strictly regulated. Photo by Thomas Alexander (Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)However, merely listing the species under CITES is not enough, some conservationists warn.Many countries are yet to present reliable data on what constitutes sustainable levels of fishing and whether trade endangers a species, TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, noted in a statement. Measures to control overfishing, too, are inadequate in several countries.So the listings mark a starting point, not an end goal, said TRAFFIC’s Fisheries Trade Programme Leader Glenn Sant.Andy Cornish, Shark & Ray Initiative Leader at WWF International, added: “While some controls on fishing these species exist, they have largely been inadequate to prevent serious population declines. We anticipate that many countries and regional fisheries management bodies will need to tackle overfishing through new management measures to allow population recoveries. The sooner they do so, the sooner the prospect of sustainable fisheries.”All three species of thresher sharks are listed as Vulnerable to extinction in the IUCN Red List. The silky shark — the second most caught shark species, according to the IUCN — is listed as Near Threatened.The silky shark is the second most caught species of sharks in the world. Photo by Alex Chernikh (Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.5). Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Fishing, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Illegal Fishing, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Conservation, Oceans, Overfishing, Sharks, Sharks And Rays, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasgupta
Partager Les deux Luxembourgeois seront au départ dimanche de la Schwalbe Classic, un critérium rituel dipsuté dans les rues d’Adélaïde, avant le Tour Down Under, mardi.Michel Ries (Trek-Segafredo) et Ben Gastauer (AG2R La Mondiale) seront les premiers à remettre un dossard sur leur dos en 2020. Pas plus tard que dimanche, ils s’aligneront dans le critérium Schwalbe Classic à Adelaïde. «Il s’agit d’une course qui n’est pas inscrite au calendrier UCI. C’est simplement un petit critérium d’une heure avec tous les coureurs qui vont participer au Tour Down Under deux jours plus tard», raconte en vieil habitué Ben Gastauer.Le coureur d’AG2R La Mondiale s’est vite rassuré depuis son arrivée à Adelaïde, voici une semaine. «L’acclimatation s’est bien passée et j’ai pu faire une bonne semaine d’entraînement avec mes coéquipiers et Romain Bardet autour d’Adélaïde. Maintenant, on a hâte de mettre un dossard, même si la course est anecdotique. En résumé, ce sera une heure de course rapide avec une bonne ambiance en ville, c’est cool», poursuit Ben Gastauer. Voilà donc ce que va découvrir Michel Ries.Initialement, il ne devait pas s’envoler pour l’Australie. Une place s’est libérée chez Terek-Segafredo et le coureur luxembourgeois n’a pas hésité.«L’air est respirable»Et l’appréhension liée aux feux qui avaient un moment sévi dans la région d’Adelaïde, s’est vite résorbée. «On passe parfois dans des endroits qui ont brûlé, mais on ne voit pas de feux par ici. L’air est redevenu respirable et on a pu s’entraîner et on sait qu’il n’y aura aucun problème en course», explique ainsi Michel Ries.Si Ben Gastauer sera appelé sur le Tour Down Under à soutenir au mieux Romain Bardet, pour Michel Ries, ce sera évidemment Richie Porte.Le coureur australien de Trek-Segafredo s’est en effet imposé en 2017 dans cette course qui lui est chère. «Ce sera en effet le but, poursuit Michel Ries. Il se sent parfaitement en forme et il est motivé pour ce premier rendez-vous du World Tour.» Le World Tour que Michel Ries s’apprête pour sa part à découvrir.Denis Bastien Un sacré programme pour Michel Ries!Michel Ries devait débuter initialement sur l’Étoile de Bessèges. Sa participation au Tour Dow Under a fatalement changé la donne. Toutefois le Luxembourgeois de l’équipe Trek-Segafredo retournera bien en France après son début de saison australien. Il participera ainsi au Tour du Haut-Var (21-23 février) à l’Ardèche Classic (29 février), la veille de la Drôme Classic (1er mars).Avec l’Amstel et la Flèche WallonneDirection ensuite l’Italie, pour prendre part aux Strade Bianche (7 mars). Il sera ensuite question du Tour de Catalogne (23-29 mars) et du Tour du Pays basque (6-11 avril). La préparation aux classiques ardennaises. En 2020, Michel Ries est prévu pour l’Amstel Gold Race (19 avril) et la Flèche Wallonne (22 avril). Bref, le grimpeur luxembourgeois va disposer d’un programme à la carte!D. B.
CALGARY – Calgary police say reports of a shooting at Calgary International Airport have proven to be unfounded.Passengers, guests and workers at the airport spent several minutes in hiding on Friday after word spread of an active shooter in one of the facility’s terminals.Calgary police were called to the scene at about 5 p.m. and scoured the building before determining it was a hoax.Police issued a tweet saying there were no public safety concerns.Officials with the Calgary Airport Authority confirm notifications were sent to staff during the investigation and workers assisted passengers in moving throughout the building.Contrary to social media accounts of the event, the Calgary Airport Authority said there were no announcements broadcast through the public address system and the terminals were not evacuated.Several flights were delayed as a result of the police investigation.(CTV Calgary)