The United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meets every 3 years, and 177 member nations vote on whether to grant international protection to certain highly threatened and endangered species. For the first time, two manta and seven species of shark are on the agenda for potential listing.
The meeting is being held from 3 March (Sunday) to 14 March in Bangkok, Thailand. It goes without saying that anything that you can do to put pressure on the delegates to add the sharks and rays to the endangered list is now needed.
PEW is publishing a series of audio podcasts about CITES and how important this meeting is for their survival. You can listen to them here.
There are a large number of conservation organizations seeking your support. May I suggest that any you come across, you share below so that the Wetpixel community can mobilize?
Here are some for starters:
Shark Defenders: http://www.sharkdefe...rk-stanley.html
Protect Manta Rays: http://www.avaaz.org...tect_Manta_Rays
Project AWARE: http://www.projectaw...ur-sights-cites