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Celebrating Success at CITES


The concerns of divers regarding the need to protect sharks and rays are being heard! Thanks to the efforts of divers, Project AWARE and other shark advocates sending letters, photos and petition signatures, it is good news for sharks and rays. The oceanic whitetip shark, porbeagle, three species of hammerheads, and both manta rays (all classified as threatened on the IUCN Red List) will now be added to CITES Appendix II. Thanks to everyone for supporting shark protection. To learn more about CITES visit the AWARE website:

Shark and manta ray photos by Rene Buob, Philippines.

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