Can CITES Help Shark Populations?

Posted by Matt Robinson:

I thought this video was interesting because it relates to the finning we’ve been discussing in class. Matt Rand, director of the Global Shark Conservation Pew Environmental Group wants to see hammerhead sharks  listed at CITES (Convention of the International Trade of Endangered Species) “the olympics of protecting endangered species”. Even though the sharks are listed as endangered, they are still in threat of going extinct because of the overfishing for their fins. CITES would make it illegal to trade hammerheads. By doing this they are hoping to take away the worth of the shark because people aren’t able to sell it so they stop fishing them all together. CITES is responsible for making elephant ivory illegal for trade. The regulations would be enforced at the trading ports, not on the open ocean. Let’s hope that CITES can save the sharks!

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