Great news from CITES CoP17!

CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, took place this year in Johannesburg, South Africa. This year nine species of mobula (devil) rays, three species of thresher sharks and the silky shark were up for review at CITES CoP17. The amazing news is that all these species made it to the CITES appendix II! This means that more than two-thirds of all the 183 member parties (countries) supported the proposals to add these species to appendix II.

Appendix II

Being included in appendix II means that these species are not necessarily threatened with extinction, but that they are now globally protected and that the trade in these species is controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival (https://cites.org/eng/disc/how.php). With the outcome of CITES CoP17 there are now more rays included in CITES appendices than sharks.

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By Rebecca from Malapascua Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort

The picture above of this beautiful Thresher shark is taken by Malapascua Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort in the Philippines. This is a Shark Guardian dive center in the Philippines, same as Neptune Diving Adventure. The Philippines, expecially in the surroundings of the island Malapacua, are one of the best places on earth to encouter (pelagic) thresher sharks.

Shark Guardian worked hard to generate awareness and support for CITES CoP17 by educating Dive Centers and people troughout their Indonesia tour last month.

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