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Shark attack survivor campaigns for sharks at UN meeting

  • FILE: In this Sept. 1, 2012 file photo, Achmat Hassiem of South Africa swims in the men's 100-meter butterfly race at the 2012 Paralympics games in London. A medal-winning Paralympian from South Africa lost part of his right leg in a great white shark attack a decade ago. This week, he is an ambassador for sharks at a U.N. wildlife conference. Hassiem on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 called for tighter controls on trade in some shark species as well as mobula rays, saying their numbers are in sharp decline. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

    FILE: In this Sept. 1, 2012 file photo, Achmat Hassiem of South Africa swims in the men's 100-meter butterfly race at the 2012 Paralympics games in London. A medal-winning Paralympian from South Africa lost part of his right leg in a great white shark attack a decade ago. This week, he is an ambassador for sharks at a U.N. wildlife conference. Hassiem on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 called for tighter controls on trade in some shark species as well as mobula rays, saying their numbers are in sharp decline. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Sept. 13, 2010 file photo, shark attack survivor Achmat Hassiem, of Cape Town, South Africa, speaks to the media about his shark attack experience in New York, where Hassiem was one of nine shark attack survivors urging the United Nations to adopt measures to protect sharks. A medal-winning Paralympian from South Africa lost part of his right leg in a great white shark attack a decade ago. This week, he is an ambassador for sharks at a U.N. wildlife conference. Hassiem on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 called for tighter controls on trade in some shark species as well as mobula rays, saying their numbers are in sharp decline. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

    FILE -- In this Sept. 13, 2010 file photo, shark attack survivor Achmat Hassiem, of Cape Town, South Africa, speaks to the media about his shark attack experience in New York, where Hassiem was one of nine shark attack survivors urging the United Nations to adopt measures to protect sharks. A medal-winning Paralympian from South Africa lost part of his right leg in a great white shark attack a decade ago. This week, he is an ambassador for sharks at a U.N. wildlife conference. Hassiem on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 called for tighter controls on trade in some shark species as well as mobula rays, saying their numbers are in sharp decline. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)  (The Associated Press)

A medal-winning Paralympian from South Africa lost part of his right leg in a great white shark attack a decade ago. This week, he is an ambassador for sharks at a U.N. wildlife conference.

Achmat Hassiem on Wednesday called for tighter controls on trade in some shark species as well as mobula rays, saying their numbers are in sharp decline.

The U.S.-based Pew Charitable Trusts asked Hassiem six years ago to campaign for shark conservation.

Hassiem won bronze in the 100-meter butterfly at the London Paralympics. He recently returned to South Africa from the Rio Olympics, where he finished eighth in the same race.

He is attending a Johannesburg meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.