Down to the wire, an international conservation effort failed for spiny dogfish sharks. Even worse, previous action to conserve precious corals was overturned.
The international intrigue of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) convention yielded some conservation progress in liminting trade of sawfish, but sharks and corals will have to wait for another time.
Early announcements of coral protections turned out to be premature, as conservation opponents "re-opened" and overturned the Committee decision to limit trade in endangered precious corals. More later as details are available, including who led the anti-conservation charge (usually Japan).
The trend is in our direction, and this is merely a speedbump in the race to conserve.