Several kinds of shark risk being driven to extinction by overfishing. This is a worldwide problem. Although the European Union banned shark finning a few months ago, fishers elsewhere are still catching sharks. My fellow blogger Ann Novek points out that 100 million sharks are being killed each year.
This week the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will propose to add five shark species to its Appendix II. CITES is an international agreement which exists to control the huge, lucrative trade in wildlife and wildlife products. Its Appendix II ‘includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.’
Another blogger, Steve Pogonowski at Oceanic Explorer, pointed out that sharks often get bad press. Bad press really doesn’t help. Sharks are wild animals which belong in their habitats.