Sharks and manata rays recieve protection under CITES

A significant agreement affecting several species of sharks and manta rays was agreed to this week at the conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

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“The 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES will be remembered as a historic moment in shark and ray conservation,” said Bryan Arroyo, head of the U.S. delegation to the treaty’s 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Bangkok. “The decline of these commercially-exploited species is a global challenge that must be met with global solutions. At this meeting, the CITES Parties have taken decisive action to protect these vulnerable species from over-exploitation for international trade and help to maintain sustainable fishery resources.”

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