About 100 million sharks are caught every year. Studies indicate that some shark species may have declined by as much as 80 per cent in the past decade. The demand for, and monetary value of shark fins, meat and ray gill plates from these species has increased exponentially, resulting in over-exploitation in target fisheries and often under-reported bycatch.
Silky sharks, thresher sharks and devil rays are especially vulnerable to overfishing because they generally grow slowly, mature late and produce few young. Each of these species is internationally traded, has declining wild populations, has limited distribution, and is suffering from habitat degradation, poor management and high global demand for their parts and products.
The proposals were submitted by the Republic of Maldives (silky shark), Sri Lanka (thresher sharks) and Republic of Fiji (devil rays).
For silky sharks, it was agreed by 111 votes in support, 30 votes against and five abstentions.
For thresher sharks, it was agreed by 108 votes in support, 29 votes against and 5 abstentions.
For devil rays, it was agreed by 110 votes in support, 20 votes against and 3 abstentions.
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SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare