CITES COP 16: Shark Press Conference

What can CITES to do protect threatened cartilaginous marine species?

by [earth] guest blogger

This morning, the European Union held a press conference to discuss the marine proposals to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES)–recommendations to list a number of shark species and manta rays under Appendix II.

What is CITES? The primary goal of CITES is to regulate international wildlife trade of species and to protect them against over-exploitation for the purposes of future aesthetic, scientific, cultural, recreational, and economic use. Currently there are 178 Parties to CITES.

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Earth in Brackets is reporting from CITES COP16

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Earth in Brackets is reporting from CITES COP16!

Follow us here as well as on facebook and twitter for information on the negotiations on the international trade in endangered species!

Parties are coming together to discuss proposals on issues concerning transport of musical instruments (often made from rare woods), the international trade in timber, and  proposals on the statuses of sharks, rays, polar bears, turtles and tortoises, among other things.