26 Aug 2019 - BBC - Countries have agreed to strengthen protections for 18 threatened species of sharks and rays, including those hunted for their meat and fins.
The proposal was passed at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on Sunday.
The newly protected species include mako sharks, wedgefishes and guitarfishes.
A demand for shark fin soup is one of the driving factors in the depleting numbers of sharks in the ocean.
The proposal, which was tabled by Mexico and requires ratification this week, means that the species can no longer be traded unless it can be proven that their fishing will not impact the possibility of their survival.
The number of sharks killed each year in commercial fisheries is estimated at 100 million, with a range between 63 million and 273 million, according to The Pew Trust.
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