Shark and Ray Species Get Added Protections

October 4, 2016

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Photo Credit: ©Christian Vizl

It's a good day for threatened marine life.

At the CITES Conference of the Parties in South Africa, devil rays, thresher sharks, and the silky shark were officially listed under CITES Appendix II. This will result in international trade restrictions to ensure exports are sustainable and legal.

CITES Parties now have six months to implement the new international trade obligations for devil rays, and one year to do the same for silky and thresher sharks.

"We urge governments to put in place these vital international trade controls as a matter of priority," said WCS's Amie Brautigam.

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