100 Million Sharks Killed Annually – CITES decision to restrict sharks and manta rays exports

100 Million Sharks Killed Annually – CITES decision to restrict sharks and manta rays exports

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Calls for action at CITES to prevent species from being traded to extinction. The number of sharks killed each year by commercial fishing is estimated to 100 million. The rate of fishing for shark species exceeds their ability to recover as most of them reproduce late in life and are killed before they have the chance to do give birth,

 

Project AWARE and the dive community in Bangkok at the 16th meeting of the CITES. They affirm: “Before the meeting opened, we made our message loud and clear — healthy shark and ray populations are priceless.”

 

Can the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species offer a meaningful respite for threatened wildlife? Al Jazeera’s Inside Story presented by Jane Dutton, discusses with guests at the CITES.

Japan, China and other pro-shark fishing lost a battle at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) against international trade protection for several species of the ocean’s oldest predator. The decision to restrict exports in the oceanic whitetip shark, porbeagle shark, three other types of hammerheads and mantarays was approved by 178-member at the CITES.

 

A shark floats above visitors at the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) 16th Conference of the Parties in Bangkok.

Say no to shark fin soup and encourage others to do the same.

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