Interior Attends 15th Meeting of CITES
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species known as CITES is meeting in Doha, Qatar. The United States, represented by the Department of the Interior, put forth a proposal to protect the polar bear and strongly supported a proposal from Monaco to manage blue fin tuna in a more sustainable way. Both measures were defeated at today’s Conference of the Parties. Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland held a teleconference today to talk about CITES, an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.