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Trade in silky and thresher sharks now to be strictly regulated

05 / 10 / 2017, Mongabaycom News

International trade in silky and thresher sharks will now be strictly regulated, according to a press release by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). All three species of thresher sharks (Alopias spp.) and the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) were listed under CITES last year at the 17th Conference of Parties to the CITES held in Johannesburg, South Africa. But given the high commercial value of the sharks and the challenges involved in identifying products derived from these species, countries were granted a one-year grace period to “put the necessary regulations and processes into place”. The rules came into force on October 4, 2017. The four sharks are included within the Appendix II of CITES, which means that the sharks, or any product from them, can be globally traded. However, the exporting countries must be able to show that the products were sourced legally and were fished sustainably, at levels that do not threaten the survival of the shark species. “Contrary to certain misconceptions, CITES Appendix II does not prohibit the harvesting or international trade in any shark species, rather it has brought them under its strict trade controls to ensure that any such trade is legal, sustainable and reported,” CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon said in the statement. “These efforts will in turn contribute towards achieving enhanced sustainable fisheries management, and ending destructive fishing practices, including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and thereby supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.” Trade in thresher sharks will now…

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