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Sharks and rays on path to gain CITES protection

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 19, 2013 09:00 AM
Last week, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed to regulate the international trade of several species of sharks and manta rays. The vote is a response to overfishing (predominantly for these species' fins for Asian consumption) and is hailed by conservationists as a significant step towards long awaited protection.
Sharks and rays on path to gain CITES protection

Photo by "notsogoodphotography" (C.C.)

CITES agreed to regulate the international trade of oceanic whitetip sharks, the porbeagle, three species of hammerheads and the manta ray.  Fisherman will be required to obtain export permits to conduct businesses pertaining to these species.  Violators face sanctions by the global members of CITES.  However, the  agreement must still be formally approved by the CITES plenary session to go into effect.

CITES regulates the international trade of over 35,000 species including the trade of many marine ornamentals such as coral, clams, and live rock.  CITES is a treaty ratified by almost every nation (177 countries) including the United States, members of the European Union, Japan, and China (which to no one's surprise unsuccessfully attempted to block the proposal).

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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