Training Workshop to Protect Sharks and Marine Species in Egypt

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) in cooperation w
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Dubai, UAE

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) in cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and CMS Secretariat are organizing training on prevention of wildlife trafficking on sharks and other marine species. The training planned to be in Hurghada, Egypt, December 9-12, 2013.

Dr. Elsayed Mohamed, IFAW’s Middle East Regional Director said: “IFAW is happy to organize this training in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation in Egypt. We hope this workshop will help government officials to implement CITES regarding trade in sharks and provide greater protection to endangered marine species”

It is estimated 70 million sharks worldwide are caught every year. Sharks are exploited mainly for their highly valued parts such as fins, teeth and jaws. The global fin trade is being driven by the high demand for shark fins in Far East markets. Shark fins are primarily used for shark fin soup, popular Chinese soup served at special occasions and that is considered a luxury.

Throughout the four-day training, fisheries, environment and other government concerned officers are going to hear about Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), Memorandum of Understanding on conservation of Migratory sharks , sharks listed in CMS convention,  CITES convention and how it works, its importance, CITES permits, and sharks and marine species listed in CITES and their threats.

“The training is strengthening the skills of Egyptian law enforcement officers to combat trade in sharks and marine species in their waters.” Dr. Elsayed Mohamed added.  

In addition, the training will cover shark conservation, introduction from the sea and non-detrimental finding according to CITES,.

IFAW is going to conduct practical training for officials on how to identifying shark species through their fins.

In March 2013, five shark species have been listed in appendix II of CITES convention during the 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

3 species of hammerhead and Oceanic Whitetips sharks are largely targeted for their fin which means that once caught its fin is often cruelly cut off before it is thrown back into the sea dead or alive. The fin is used to make soup. This market demand puts them in highest risks with devastating effect on the local shark populations and the marine ecosystem.

The training is part of a worldwide capacity building initiative of IFAW that trains law enforcement officers to prevent wildlife trafficking in several countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, and the Caribbean. To date, more than 1,600 governmental representatives at the forefront have been trained since 2006. Recently, IFAW has launched Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking Training on Sharks and other CITES listed marine species to help the government to implement CITES and provide better protections for sharks.

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About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About CMS (The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals)

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or Bonn Convention) aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. Since the Convention's entry into force, its membership has grown steadily to include 119 (as of 1 April 2013) Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
 

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