CITES CoP16 in Bangkok, great news for sharks and Manta Rays

The confirmation was done at 10am this morning in Bangkok at CITES CoP16 and 5 shraks, Manta Rays and Sawfish appear now on Appendix II.
This is fantastic news and I'm very happy to share this with you, I'm sure the dive community is as happy as I am!

The Manta Ray is now listed under appendix II

Appendix II lists species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may become so unless trade is closely controlled. It also includes so-called "look-alike species", i.e. species of which the specimens in trade look like those of species listed for conservation reasons (see Article II, paragraph 2 of the Convention). International trade in specimens of Appendix-II species may be authorized by the granting of an export permit or re-export certificate. No import permit is necessary for these species under CITES (although a permit is needed in some countries that have taken stricter measures than CITES requires). Permits or certificates should only be granted if the relevant authorities are satisfied that certain conditions are met, above all that trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild. (See Article IV of the Convention)

Hammerheads (scalloped, great and smooth) and the Oceanic Whitetip are now listed on CITES App II. 

Porbeagle now listed on App II. Sawfish on App I.

Appendix I lists species that are the most endangered among CITES-listed animals and plants (see Article II, paragraph 1 of the Convention). They are threatened with extinction and CITES prohibits international trade in specimens of these species except when the purpose of the import is not commercial (see Article III), for instance for scientific research. In these exceptional cases, trade may take place provided it is authorized by the granting of both an import permit and an export permit (or re-export certificate). Article VII of the Convention provides for a number of exemptions to this general prohibition.

This is great news and I'm glad to see that this happened, with thanks to Project AWARE who have put in a lot work with their partners!


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