18 species of sharks and rays, were included in
Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of
Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). These sharks and rays species are threatened by
the scale of international trade in their fins and meat.
The decision was taken at the ongoing CoP 18 of
CITES being held in Geneva, Switzerland.
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement
between governments. It aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of
wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Appendix I includes species threatened with
extinction. Trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in
Appendix II includes species not necessarily
threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to
avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.
Appendix III contains species that are protected
in at least one country, which has asked other CITES Parties for assistance in
controlling the trade.