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CROW presents weekly Speaker Series program

By Staff | Mar 4, 2020


Presented by LCEC, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife’s weekly Speaker Series continues on March 10 with “Global Shark Conservation” by Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera.

Between 63 million and 273 million sharks are killed annually – mostly for their fins. Sharks from Florida end up in Asian fin markets, and local fisheries and ecosystems depend on healthy shark populations. Orgera will explain the major threats to sharks globally.

Before joining the SCCF, Orgera worked on the Ending Illegal Fishing Project and Global Shark Conservation teams with The Pew Charitable Trusts. He traveled extensively to institute meaningful conservation measures in African and Latin American nations, as well as within various United Nations conventions, most notably the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora. During his time with Pew, Orgera helped ensure global protections for 13 species of sharks and rays. He is currently a member of the Federal Marine Protected Area Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. Secretaries of Commerce and Interior.

Speaker Series programs begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Visitor Education Center, at 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road, and are approximately one hour in length. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13-17 and free for children age 12 and under. Space is limited, so advanced registration is highly recommended.

For more information, visit www.CROWClinic.org/articles/2020-speaker-series-presented-by-lcec.