Apr 08, 2019 at 06:19

EP12 Letter to Permanent Representatives - CITES shark

The European fishing industry, represented by Europêche, recognises the work of CITES concerning marine species to ensure that the international trade does not threaten their survival. However, simultaneously, the work and instruments already defined and implemented for this purpose by Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs), governments, and the sector itself needs to be respected. In this vein, when it comes to highly migratory stocks that number in their millions and where trans-boundary management arrangements are already in place, the fishing industry fails to understand the need for additional CITES measures. Therefore, the sector opposes the inclusion of shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) in Appendix II of CITES in view of the arguments hereunder.

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