International shark trade to be regulated

Live Science
March 11, 2013

Conservationists voted Monday (March 11) to regulate the international trade of five species of sharks that are threatened by overfishing and targeted for their valuable fins.

Oceanic whitetip sharks, porbeagle sharks, scalloped hammerheads, great hammerheads and smooth hammerheads — as well as two species of manta rays — are set to get new protections after this week’s votes at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok.

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