Three shark species proposed for CITES listing

The oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) is a pelagic shark and can be found in tropical and warm waters around the world. The oceanic whitetip shark is often accompanied by pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) who feed on the shark's leftovers. WWF lists pelagic sharks as a priority species. Kona Coast, Hawaii, Central Pacific Ocean © naturepl.com/Doug Perrine / WWF

March 11, 2013 – Three shark species were proposed for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) listing today and governments voted YES for their protection. The sharks, however, are at risk of losing the place on the list if the debate on their protection reopens by the end of the Conference on Thursday, March 14th. “This is a landmark moment showing that the world’s governments support sustainable fisheries and are concerned about the reckless over-exploitation of sharks for commercial use. Today’s decision will go a long way…

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