The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, otherwise known as CITES, achieved a major victory in protecting shark populations. The conference voted in favor of giving 54 species of sharks increased protection from trade. Many shark species are at risk of endangerment or extinction because of the high price traders put on shark fins. With this CITES ruling, international shark fin trading will be closely controlled. Shipments containing shark products will now be required to have a permit demonstrating that sustainability and legal requirements are met, otherwise the shipper will face severe legal penalties. The CITES ruling is a major win for marine protection and will give shark species the opportunity to grow their populations and avoid extinction.
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