IUCN Supports inclusion of hammerhead sharks in Appendix II of CITES

(September 16, 2012 – Jeju, Korea)

Votos de la moción 37

During the Members Assembly of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), held in Jeju, Korea, from September 6 -15, a motion was approved that calls on all nations to support the inclusion of hammerhead sharks in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade on Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), through which stricter controls on international trade are sought, where huge demand exists for its fins for shark fin soup.  This demand is responsible for the drastic reduction of populations of hammerhead sharks, which has resulted in its classification as an Endangered Species on the IUCN Red List.

http://www.pretoma.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/M-37-Final-English.pdf

“Costa Rica is committed to the conservation of this emblematic marine species, and we are carrying out all efforts possible to guarantee effective protection from the negative effect generated by the overfishing of this species to supply the demand by international shark fin markets,” expressed Guido Chaves, of the Ministry of Environment of Costa Rica, a co-sponsor of the motion.

According to Randall Arauz, of Pretoma, a Costa Rican organization that co-sponsored the motion, certain countries that opposed the motion tried to water it down to a point where the language would have been pointless.  “Fortunately, the Members Assembly massively supported the motion, showing that the future of hammerhead sharks is a global concern,” pointed out Arauz.

“Now comes the hard part, obtaining an Appendix II listing for hammerhead sharks in CITES, as we know that there will be opposition from major fishing nations,” warned Alejandra Pacheco of Marviva Foundation, a regional Latin American organization that also co-sponsored the motion.  “The support of the Members Assembly is an important recognition of our efforts, and we trust that it will help achieve the desired restriction on the international trade of hammerhead shark fins in the near future,” said Pacheco with optimism.

The next Conference of the Parties of CITES will be held from March 3-14, in Bangkok, Thailand.

NOTE:

Results of the Members Assembly Vote:

Governments:  YES, 93; NO, 8; ABST, 29.

NGOs:  YES, 434; NO, 2; ABST, 14.

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