Five shark species earn global trade protection
AFPBANGKOK--Five shark species won international trade protection Monday in a move hailed as a breakthrough in efforts to save the world's oldest predator from extinction due to rampant demand for its fins.
March 12, 2013, 12:19 am TWN
Rather than a complete ban, the 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted to restrict cross-border trade in the oceanic whitetip, the porbeagle and three types of hammerhead sharks.
The deal, which must still be formally approved by the CITES plenary session, delighted conservationists who warn that Asia's voracious appetite for shark fins is causing their population to plunge.
Under the CITES framework, a party may ask to reopen the discussion at the plenary session, as happened in 2010 when an initial agreement to control international trade in the porbeagle was later overturned.