CITES Updates

Written by on March 10, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law

Mar 14 – Japan and China attempted to revoke the protection for sharks by re-opening the debate in the final session of the conference. Fortunately for sharks, the delegates refused the request, but only by a narrow margin.

Mar 11 –

The proposal to include manta rays in Appendix II was accepted this afternoon! The vote surpassed the 2/3 majority by a big margin. Check out this article to learn more: CITES Victory… a Ray of Hope for Mantas!

Victory for sharks! The proposals for all three species – the oceanic whitetip, the three different hammerheads and the porbeagle, were adopted at the CITES Committee Meeting. They are now all listed under Appendix II, ensuring that trade of these species will be regulated.

To learn more, check out these articles:
Shark Proposals Adopted at CITES Committee Meeting
‘Historic’ day for shark protection

Great hammerhead shark.

Great hammerhead shark. Photo credit: Brian Skerry, NOAA.

Mar 10 — After a long and difficult debate, the proposal to ban the trade of polar bear parts has failed. The United States and Russia – the main supporters of the ban – argued that hunting adds unnecessary pressure to a species that is already threatened with climate change and loss of Arctic sea ice. But Canada, the only country left to allow polar bear exports, claims there isn’t enough scientific evidence to show that polar bears are actually in danger of extinction. Check out this article from The Guardian to learn more: Bid to halt polar bear trade fails

To learn more about CITES, check out this article.

Polar bear in the Arctic.

Polar bear in the Arctic. Photo credit: Kathy Crane, NOAA.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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