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Protect Sharks From Extinction
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has enacted a landmark regulation that expands rules and limits on the trade of an additional 54 species of sharks. With this new regulation, nearly all internationally traded shark species for their fins will fall under CITES oversight, representing a significant increase from only 25% previous to this conference. All 186 participating countries must pledge to implement these much-needed new protections!
Sign now to urge all CITES participant countries to prepare for the enforcement of these vital new protections and shark fishing prohibitions!
This historic vote comes at a critical time for our oceans and their biodiversity. Over one third of shark and ray species are threatened with extinction, and the population of ocean-going (pelagic) sharks has plunged, suffering losses of over 70% in just the past 50 years. It's high time sharks are formally protected in international accords!
While this is a massive victory, protection can only be effective if it's fully implemented at the national level. As supply decreases, the cost of shark fins might rise, potentially encouraging illegal fishing. We need to push all CITES countries to promptly prepare for the complete implementation of these protections and shark fishing bans to guarantee there's no spike in illegal fishing subsequent to this vote!
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