Sharks and rays included in Appendix II of CITES

Earlier this month (October) in Johannesburg, South Africa, occurred the CITES plenary session, during which, species of sharks and rays where proposed by several countries to integrate to the list of Appendix II of CITES, to ensure international trade restriction of these marine species.

This decision was supported by more than the two-thirds of voting Parties that were present in the committee session during this CITES meeting. This voting aimed to attribute to species of sharks and rays, International protection by its listing in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Threatened Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The species covered are the silky shark species and the three thresher sharks species, as well the nine rays species of the genus Mabula sp. known as devil rays.

A member of WWF said that the progress of sharks and rays for international protection level is a great victory for these species and would result in limitation of international trade of these fishes, that will ensure its legal and sustainable exploitation and export.

Some participants suggested engagement of government worldwide, in action to reduce the overfishing of these species and establishment limits for effective fisheries conservation.

Organizations and projects as Project AWARE, Shark Advocates International, Shark Trust, TRAFFIC, Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF, were working in partnership to promote the listing of sharks and rays in the international protection level (Appendix II of CITES).

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