LEADING THE WAY FOR SHARK CONSERVATION

LEADING THE WAY FOR SHARK CONSERVATION

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Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones (center) and representatives from the countries of Sri Lanka, Senegal, Honduras and Samoa submitted proposals for the conservation of six shark species during the 12th Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS-COP12). The Philippines, along with Israel and Sri Lanka, co-sponsored the proposal to uplist the whale shark in the CMS Appendix I for endangered species for stricter monitoring and conservation efforts. The other shark species proposed for inclusion in CMS Appendix II are: white-spotted wedgefish by the Philippines; dusky shark by Honduras; blue shark by Sri Lanka and Samoa; common guitarfish by Senegal, Mauritania, Israel and Togo; and the angel shark by Monaco. Appendix II species require international agreements for conservation and management. The CMS-COP12 runs from October 23 to 28 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. ##