Around 100 million sharks are estimated to be killed each year for their fins and meat. Countries will discuss including more species of sharks and rays protection under wildlife trade rules in Geneva.
According to a recent scientific assessment, Wedgefish and guitarfish are collectively known as “rhino rays”, because of their elongated snouts. They are now the most endangered marine fish group,
“With this new science just come out, fresh in everyone’s minds a month ago, on these wedge fish and guitarfish, it’s clearly last chance saloon for them,” Luke Warwick of the Wildlife Conservation Society told BBC News.
“The fins of wedge fish and guitarfish can be worth as much as a thousand dollars a kilogramme, he added.
According to the reports, “there are proposals to add a further 18 sharks and rays to Appendix II of The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.”
If the law passed, the countries would have to ensure that all continued trade was sustainable and legal.
“They should number in the tens of millions in all of the world’s oceans and we’re taking them out by the hundreds of thousands or millions a year, so it’s even looking bad for these highly migratory much more abundant sharks,” said Luke Warwick.