Implementation efforts for the CITES listed sharks and rays have been both unprecedented in the history of the convention in terms of scale, and highly successful in their application. Since 2013, governments, NGOs, and other partner organizations have provided training worldwide and support to governments as they implement these listings. These sessions have offered guidance and capacity building and have included topics of scientific and technical species assessments, shark fin identification, and enforcement guidance.
Management for Sharks
The listings since 2013 of regularly commercially traded species are providing the spark to manage the listed species, and in some cases wider shark and ray species that has been lacking for decades and has driven global declines of many species.
The exact action has varied by Government, but since 2013 action has been global. Some countries have undertaken NDFs with some showing it is possible to continue international trade with conditions (many of which are available on the CITES shark and ray portal as examples to others), while others have put in place domestic management measures that include: prohibiting exports, prohibiting catch, and establishing shark sanctuaries which prohibit all catch and trade of sharks in their waters.