Historic Shark Decisions Survive Final Threat at CITES Plenary

14. März 2013

Five commercially valuable shark species, manta rays & freshwater sawfish listed

CITES plenary today accepted Committee recommendations to list five species of highly traded sharks under the CITES Appendices, along with those for the listing of both manta rays and one species of sawfish. Japan, backed by Gambia and India, unsuccessfully challenged the Committee decision to list the oceanic whitetip shark, while Grenada and China failed in an attempt to reopen debate on listing three hammerhead species. Colombia, Senegal, Mexico and others took the floor to defend Committee decisions to list sharks.

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Sawfish and Mantas Follow Sharks on CITES Agenda, Receive Overwhelming Support

11. März 2013

Proposals to list close relatives of sharks also advance on historic day at COP

Following on the heels of unprecedented Committee votes to control international trade in commercially valuable sharks, Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) went on to adopt proposals to list three species of closely related rays by even wider margins.

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Shark Proposals Adopted at CITES Committee Meeting

11. März 2013

Historic shark conservation decisions still must be confirmed in plenary

In a highly anticipated Committee vote today, proposals to list under CITES* five species of sharks were supported by more than the two-thirds majority of voting countries needed for adoption. Conservationists are pleased yet mindful that decisions must still be confirmed in the final plenary session later this week.

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