Sharks Are Disappearing from the World’s Oceans One Bowl of Soup at a Time

Julia Baum’s official title is Postdoctoral Associate for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of Santa Barbara. Her young nieces and nephews simply call her a sharkologist. Baum should issue an audience advisory before she discusses her research: Caution, studying the oceans’ great predators is seriously depressing business. “For 400 years, sharks have evolved […]

Bye-Bye Bluefin

It was great while it lasted. This week, at a meeting in Qatar, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took a big step toward making sure that Atlantic bluefin tuna will no longer be classified as endangered. Instead, the species soon may be classified as extinct. Under intense lobbying pressure from Japan, […]

Obama Administration Supports Protection for High-Profile Bluefin, But Will Anybody at CITES Speak out on Behalf of Equally Endangered Sharks?

News this week that the United States had come out in support of giving endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna protection under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) was hailed as a major victory by environmental groups. “The Obama administration’s decision to support a CITES Appendix I listing of Atlantic bluefin […]

Update: Odds Are Against Bluefin Recovery

Will Atlantic bluefin survive? Don’t bet on it. Last week the International Commission on the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)   lived up to its cynical moniker:  the International Conspiracy to Catch All Tuna. Meeting in Brazil, the group set next year’s bluefin catch limit at 13,500 metric tons after hearing scientific testimony that at such […]