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New trade requirements for Short- and Long-Fin Mako Shark

by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 17 Nov 2019 13:15 UTC
Juvenile shortfin mako shark swimming in the waters off California. © Walter Heim

As a result of decisions made at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which took place August 17 - 28, 2019, there are new requirements for international trade of short fin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) and long fin mako shark (Isurus paucus).

They are included with other CITES Appendix-II listed shark and ray species which include: devil rays, thresher sharks, silky sharks, the basking shark, whale shark, great white shark, oceanic whitetip shark, three species of hammerhead sharks (scalloped, great, and smooth), porbeagle shark, and manta rays.

CITES helps to conserve species and ensure that international trade of species is legal and sustainable. International trade, including import, export, and introduction from the sea, of species listed in Appendix II of CITES is subject to regulation. Introduction from the sea refers to transport into a country of specimens taken on the high seas. Any person or entity that plans to engage in international trade in specimens of Appendix-II species must apply for and obtain appropriate CITES documents. An Appendix- II listing is NOT a prohibition or ban on trade.

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