Record Number of Countries Sign Up to Protect Sharks and Rays


❝ Momentum for international protections for sharks and rays continues to grow, with a record 67 governments co-sponsoring one or more listing proposals in the lead-up to this year’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Conference of the Parties…Species listed under Appendix II can be traded internationally but only if the trade does not cause detriment to them in the wild.

24 December 2018 was the deadline for co-sponsorship of the Appendix II proposals, which would require all continuing trade of these species to be sustainable. The co-sponsors span the globe and include Sri Lanka, western and northern African governments, Dominican Republic, Palau—the first country to declare all of its national waters a shark sanctuary — and the 28 member states of the European Union.

Previous CITES listings have made significant advances in protection for endangered marine species. This is the first major attempt in this manner to protect species like sharks killed by the thousands just for their fins to make soup.

8 thoughts on “Record Number of Countries Sign Up to Protect Sharks and Rays

  1. Mike says:

    (BBC News): Shark DNA could help cure cancer and age-related illnesses in humans Scientists now believe sharks could also help wound-healing and blood-clotting, because of their ability to recover quickly from serious injuries.
    Great white sharks prefer to swim slow (Journal of Experimental Biology) See also “Swimming strategies and energetics of endothermic white sharks during foraging”

  2. Dakuwaqa says:

    (3/8/19) “Mako sharks can swim as fast as 70 to 80mph, earning them the moniker “cheetahs of the ocean.” Now scientists at the University of Alabama have determined one major factor in how mako sharks are able to move so fast: the unique structure of their skin, especially around the flank and fin regions of their bodies. The team described their work at the American Physical Society’s 2019 March meeting this week in Boston.” (see links) The research could one day lead to new designs capable of reducing drag on aircraft or helicopters, among other potential applications—possibly even high-tech swimsuits for professional athletes.

  3. Galeophobia says:

    Trump confirms Stormy Daniels claim that he’s ‘terrified’ of sharks and once told her ‘I hope all the sharks die”
    Does Trump’s bizarre comment about sharks and seals confirm Stormy Daniels allegations?
    US president’s dislike of creatures made known by adult-film actress when describing alleged affair
    Meanwhile: “A new study is showing the number of great white sharks is rising off the California coast.”
    “The simple reason for that is we’ve done a better job of protecting them,” said Chris Lowe a professor of marine biology and the director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach. “We’ve done a better job managing our fisheries and believe it or not, the water has gotten cleaner over the last 40 years.”
    Lowe and his team have spent the past several years tracking these aquatic predators, saying while they are seeing more sharks in the water, they’re not seeing more attacks.

  4. Update says:

    Bans on shark fishing are only partially effective in protecting sharks, new research suggests.
    “…Dr Ana Nuno, senior author of the paper, based at University of Exeter and NOVA University Lisbon (Portugal), added: “If we want conservation and fisheries policies to work, we need to get much better at understanding how they might impact resource users and take that into account during policy design.
    “That’s key to implementing robust policies that deliver positive outcomes for people and biodiversity.”

  5. p/s says:

    “Sharks Use Earth’s Magnetic Fields to Guide Them Like a Map – “It Really Is Mind Blowing”” “How cool is it that a shark can swim 20,000 kilometers round trip in a three-dimensional ocean and get back to the same site? “It really is mind blowing. In a world where people use GPS to navigate almost everywhere, this ability is truly remarkable.” Save Our Seas Foundation project leader Bryan Keller, also of Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory.
    “Map-like use of Earth’s magnetic field in sharks” (Current Biology 5/6/21) DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.03.103

  6. Meanwhile: says:

    “Sinking hope of justice as exporter of 26-ton shark fin cargo gets token fine”
    “In April 2020, customs officers in Hong Kong made one of the largest seizures of shark fins in history: 26 metric tons, all of it exported from Ecuador. This number represents an estimated 38,500 sharks, all of which were classed as threatened species.
    The discovery caused global outrage and prompted condemnation by the Ecuadoran government. Yet, 17 months later, no criminal charges have been brought against those responsible. Experts and environmental organizations say this example of wildlife smuggling — the world’s fourth-largest illegal business, surpassed only by the trafficking of drugs, people and counterfeit goods — will go unpunished.
    In June, Ecuador’s fisheries ministry announced that it had fined the individual listed as the exporter $3,870 — barely 0.3% of the cargo’s estimated value of $1.1 million. However, it has since been revealed that the exporter is just one piece of a complex puzzle.”

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