Countries agree to protect endangered sharks and rays

This undated photo made available by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows the wedgefish taken on the Protea Banks, just off the KwaZulu Natal Province, in South Africa. Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark species at risk of extinction, in a move aimed at conserving some of the ocean’s most awe-inspiring creatures who have themselves become prey to commercial fishing and the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup. Three proposals covering the international trade of 18 types of mako sharks, wedgefishes and guitarfishes each passed with a needed two-thirds majority in a committee of the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES on Sunday Aug. 25, 2019.

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