Whip-tailed Thresher Sharks Help Island Recover After Typhoon

After Typhoon Haiyan devastated Malapascua in the Philippines, thresher shark tourism helped this island rebuild. Now, islanders are hoping to return the favor by advocating for trade protections for vulnerable thresher sharks. A CITES Appendix II listing would ensure these sharks are traded responsibly and not fished to extinction. It would also help ensure that these sharks don’t disappear—and that islands that depend on threshers, like Malapascua, continue to thrive. 

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