Sharks and Rays Receive Appendix II Listing at CITES-CoP19 We just made history protecting sharks at CoP19 in Panama by bringing Requiem sharks (including blue sharks), all hammerhead sharks, freshwater rays, and small guitarfish under protection from the international shark meat and fin trade.
With the Shark Research Institute Shark Stewards has been successfully lobbying, advocating and supporting Shark Proposals 37-40, providing new listings of sharks and rays under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Convention of the Parties (CoP19) in Panama, November 14-25, 2022.
Over 90 vulnerable and endangered species of sharks and rays have been approved for addition to Appendix II, including several critically endangered species impacted by overfishing, loss of habitat and the wildlife trade. Appendix II lists species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but may become so unless trade is closely controlled.
Three major families of sharks and rays were listed under Appendix II including: all remaining unlisted hammerhead sharks in the family Sphyrnidae; Requiem sharks in the Carcharhinidae (19 lead species, 35 additional species); seven species of freshwater rays endemic to Brazil; and the family of small guitarfish, Rhinobatidae (6 critically endangered species, 31 other species).
All Proposals were given a strong majority vote by the delegates, providing hope for international protection of sharks and rays. LEARN MORE
Many of these species are endangered or are considered look-alike species, meaning they are categorized as a species so similar that their parts (in this case fins) are easily confused with others which makes detection and enforcement difficult. Listing these species will help regulators enforce, and countries to better manage trade and fishing of endangered sharks and rays.
The listings will be made final after a final plenary session next week, but the majority supporting these proposals is so high that we do not anticipate any modifications to the listings. Central American countries led by Panama, and west African countries like Senegal have been notable champions for sharks!
It is predicted that controlling trade of these species will reduce the shark fin trade by potentially more than 50% and might save critically endangered species of sharks and rays.
We are excited to share this great news for shark protection from Panama, and thank you for your passionate support!
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