Costa Rican initiative to protect hammerhead sharks from international trade enjoys global support.
A total of 28 organizations from 9 countries have expressed their written support to the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (Minaet) of Costa Rica, for the national initiative that seeks to include the scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) in Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The organizations consider that such a measure would improve controls on the trade of products and subproducts of this species, including its fins, which is classified as an Endangered Species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). If the inclusion of hammerhead sharks in Appendix III is attained, then the countries of the region that share common populations, like Panama, Ecuador, and Colombia, will be committed through CITES to grant assistance for the regional conservation and management of this species.
According to Randall Arauz, of the Costa Rican organization Pretoma, the Costa Rican initiative is very positive. “The inclusion of hammerhead sharks in Appendix III of CITES will help Costa Rica consolidate its own marine conservation policy, and will strengthen its leadership in other regional processes,” explained Arauz. “Nonetheless, while Minae seeks to control the disastrous international shark fin trade, the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) promotes the annual importation of dozens of tons of shark fins from Nicaragua, a contradiction that must be corrected immediately,” sentenced Arauz
The organizations that have supported this campaign to include hammerhead sharks in Appendix III of CITES Costa Rica are…so far:
Pretoma (Costa Rica), Marviva (Costa Rica), Misión Tiburón (Costa Rica), Rich Coast Diving (Costa Rica), Conservation International (Costa Rica), PEW Environment Trust (USA), Sea Turtles Forever (Costa Rica-USA), SharkAngels.org (USA), Animal Welfare Institute (USA), Born Free (USA), Defenders of Wildlife (USA), Environmental Investigation Agency (USA), Humane Society International (USA), Shark Research Institute (USA), Natural Resources Defense Council (USA), Teyeliz (Mexico), Stop Kiling Our Sharks (Begium), Savingoursharks.com (Canada), OceanGlobalNet (Switzerland), Ocean Care (Switzerland), Life Conservationist Association (Taiwan), Project for the Application of Law for Fauna (Republic of Congo), Wildseas.org (United Arab Emirates), Humane Society International – Latin America, Migratory Wildlife Network (International), World Society for the Protection of Animals (Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
If you are your organization would like to support this campaign, contact:http://www.pretoma.org/espanol-apoyo-internacional-a-costa-rica-por-iniciativa-que-pretende-proteger-el-tiburon-martillo-del-comercio-internacional/Press Releases