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The Project AWARE foundation and AWARE divers around the globe are disappointed with world leaders at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) who failed to do their best to protect the threatened shark species. Project AWARE Foundation director, Jenny Miller Garmendia said “ Short-term economic interests won our over science at this year’s CITES meetings.

 

Sharks are a vulnerable species – some of which have declined up to 98 percent in recent decades.” All proposals to restrict trade on eight different species of shark – the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, oceanic whitetip, dogfish, duskys, sandbar and porbeagle were rejected. A CITES Appendix II listing would mean closer monitoring and trade controls in sustainable limits for the over fished shark species. Doing so would give them the chance to recover from increasing human pressures. “We are appalled at the decisions made and we aim to let world leaders know. Together, divers  provide a powerful voice in supporting sharks and we plan to continue fighting for shark species at risk” Director Jenny, says.