The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has passed a monumental regulation to increase rules and limits on the trading of 54 more species of sharks. Now, almost all shark species traded internationally for their fins will be under the oversight of CITES, a huge rise from only 25% prior to this conference. The 186 participating countries must commit to enforcing these long-overdue new protections!
Sign now to tell all CITES participating countries to prepare to enforce these amazing new protections and shark fishing bans!
The historic vote comes at a crucial moment for our oceans and their biodiversity. Over one third of shark and ray species are at risk of extinction, and ocean-going (pelagic) sharks have plummeted, with population losses of over 70% in just 50 years. It is more important than ever that sharks are formally protected in international agreements!
This is a huge victory, but protection only works if it is fully enforced at the national level. With less supply, the price of shark fins may go up, which could incentivize illegal fishing. We must push all CITES countries to quickly prepare for full enforcement of these protections and shark fishing bans to ensure that there is no increase in illegal fishing following this vote! Sign the petition now if you agree!