Interior Attends 15th Meeting of CITES

Interior Attends 15th Meeting of CITES 03/18/2010
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. 

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