Protection for sharks

The Panamanian Mar Viva Foundation commended the decision made by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to regulate the capture and trade of five species of sharks and two of manta rays, and called on Central American authorities and fishermen to comply with the measure.

he environmental organization applauded the “excellent news” that three species of yellow shark would be included in Appendix 2, which includes those animals that, while not necessarily endangered, require limits on their trade.

CITES approved the proposal submitted by Brazil, Costa Rica and Honduras to include the common, great and smooth species of the hammerhead shark, with 91 votes in favor, 39 in opposition and 8 abstentions.

The measure “is an important step in the efforts that must be made to guarantee the sustainability of a resource that is known for ignoring regionally shared borders,” underscored MarViva director in Panama, Zuleika Pinzón, in a statement.

The leader of the environmental group stated that in Panama three species of yellow shark are fished both for consumption of their young and trade of their fins.

“Our country should make the corresponding amendments to regulations in order to implement what was approved by the Convention,” affirmed Pinzón.