Sharks and manta rays

UN Endangered Species 2014 stamps, featuring CITES-listed marine species including sharks and manta ray.

Colombia hosts international workshop for ensuring sustainable trade in sharks listed in CITES. See more.

14 September 2014 - entry into effect of new CITES listing of sharks and manta rays

Approximately 400 species of sharks are found in the world. Sharks were first included in Appendix II of CITES in February 2003, after the Conference of the Parties to CITES decided at its 12th meeting to include the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) and whale shark (Rhincodon typus) in Appendix II, in accordance with Resolution Conf. 9.24 on Criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II. Species included in Appendix II are not necessarily threatened with extinction, but trade in them is controlled to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival. As of June 2013, eight species of sharks and all manta rays (which belong to the same subclass Elasmobranchii) are included in Appendix II, and none in Appendix I. However, all species of sawfishes (which also belong to the subclass Elasmobranchii) are in Appendix I.

This section focuses on the sharks and manta rays listed by CITES at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16, Bangkok) in March 2013 and on the ongoing efforts to implement these decisions.

Events and meetings

  • 17-20 February: FAO Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, Rome, Italy
  • 27 April-01 May: 19th Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), Republic of Korea
  • 11-15 May: 6th Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the ​​​Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
  • 30 August-03 September: 28th meeting of the CITES Animals Committee, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 09-16 November: 24th Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Malta