Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday Mornings in Malibu

Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 66
Sea Temperature: 51
Surf: 2-3 Feet
Shark Sightings in Malibu: None

Last month, the California Fish and Game commission unanimously voted to add more protections to great white sharks; putting them on the California endangered species list.  The new law goes into effect when their report goes public. Now, under the new protections, scientists and fishermen have to apply to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for permits to tag great whites.
This news coincidentally comes during the beginning of the CITES Convention in Bangkok Thailand. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Yesterday, the CITES conference opened with the call to combat overfishing, illegal logging and wildlife crime. According to yesterday's CITES press release, "70 proposals submitted by 55 countries from across the world seek to improve the conservation and sustainability use of marine species (including several shark species)."
As the conference continues into next week, Monday Mornings in Malibu will have more updates as they come.

Author: Adam