European Union proposes protection for 2 species of sharks in the Convention on Migratory Species
Yesterday, the European Union (EU) submitted proposals to list spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) and porbeagle (Lamna nasus) under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). The proposals were developed by Belgium, co-sponsored by the Netherlands, and submitted by France (in its capacity as current EU President). If adopted at the CMS Conference of the Parties in December, the listings would prompt efforts to secure focused, international cooperation on regional conservation initiatives.
“In our region of the Eastern Tropical Pacific, there are species of sharks that have been pushed to the brink of extinction, for example the hammerhead shark, by over fishing”, said Randall Arauz of the Coast Rican organization PRETOMA. “We hope that in the future Costa Rica will take advantage of its recent membership in the CMS and promote the inclusion of this species, whose conservation requires regional cooperation due to its highly migratory nature.”
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