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CITES Implementation Around the World

On Sunday, Sept. 14, landmark conservation efforts went into effect for three species of sharks and all species of manta rays that start a journey to recovery for these depleted populations.

In March 2013, Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) added porbeagle and oceanic whitetip sharks, three species of hammerhead sharks—scalloped, great, and smooth—as well as all species of manta ray to CITES Appendix II. Appendix II-listed species can be traded, but only if the trade is legal and does not cause detriment to the species in the wild.

Fiji, Sri Lanka, Peru, Hong Kong, and many other countries around the world have been working together on an unprecedented scale to prepare for the new protections. 

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