Record Number of Countries Sign Up to Protect Sharks and Rays


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❝ 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.

2 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 https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-47291697 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) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/tcob-hgw021419.php 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.” https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/the-secret-of-how-the-mako-shark-swims-so-fast-lies-in-its-flexible-scales/ (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.

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