CITES gateway on sharks and rays
The CITES Secretariat launched a Web section on sharks and manta rays to assist the 179 Parties to the Convention in putting in place effective measures to control international trade in the newly listed species. Parties now have less than 10 months -starting from December 2013 - before they must start regulating international trade in the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus), scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini), great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran), smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zigaena), porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus) and manta rays (Manta spp.). The regulations will enter into force on 14 September 2014.
The new section can be accessed at www.cites.org/eng/prog/shark.