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Shark & Ray CITES Celebration!

by SOS - Save Our Species category: Environment

“I'm saying #Yay4SharksNRays as mantas & 5 shark species are regulated via CITES Appendix II. more info here: http://thndr.it/Ypw986

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Shark & Ray CITES Celebration!


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About Us:
SOS- Save Our Species, Manta Trust, WildAid and CITES have joined forces to celebrate the regulation of both species of Manta Rays and 5 shark species via Appendix II of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), on September 14th 2014. 

This represents a significant boost for the  survival prospects of these iconic and important marine species. Dedicated to their protection, we are celebrating and invite you to help share the good news with your friends by joining in this thunderclap. 

To find out more about our wildlife conservation efforts, please click the following links:

  1. SOS - Save Our Species
  2. Manta Trust
  3. WildAid
  4. CITES
And yet there is much to be done - but only by working together can we achieve great things for threatened wildlife.



  • Behind the scenes

    September 10, 2014
    Of approximately 450 shark species, about 250 are included on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Of those that have been assessed by the Red List, a little over 60 are classified as threatened. That means they are classified as either Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered.

    As the most comprehensive database of species that we have, the Red List is also known as the Barometer of Life because we can use it for so many purposes that it can give us a good insight into the health of individual as well as groups of species. 
    With sharks and rays much work remains to be done to know just how healthy or threatened are certain species and indeed to get a good overview of sharks in general. That requires investment and time just as much as front-line conservation work does as well.

    But as we see with Mantas and Hammerheads especially - it is well worth it - even if just measuring that in tourist dollars. But the memories and inspiration such amazing species provide to those who see them, up close or even in photos such as the one above are priceless. So conserving our natural heritage makes sense for the head and the heart. 

    Sharks were first included in Appendix II of CITES in February 2003, after the Conference of the Parties to CITES decided to include the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) and whale shark (Rhincodon typus) in Appendix II. The Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) was also added to Appendix II in 2005. Furthermore, all species of sawfishes are listed in Appendix I.

    Thank you once again for supporting this celebration of many people's hard work to improve the survival prospects for some of the most vulnerable wildlife in the oceans through enhanced regulation. Of course we need both top-down and bottom-up efforts to make lasting positive change and this Thunderclap is a nod to the power of the groundswell.

    Today we are reaching 360,000 through 230 subscribers. Now there's something to say Yay4SharksNRays about!
    With hope,
    Sammy the Shark and Marilyn the Manta



     








  • Yay and Thank You! We are on our way!

    September 9, 2014
    Great work everyone! We are approaching 200 supporters reaching almost 250,000 people worldwide! Thank you!

    Let's keep the wave building by inspiring our friends and contacts with the good news about these amazing species,

    To help you, it is now possible to DOWNLOAD Social Media Badges and Cover Photos like the picture above to help show your support to friends on Facebook and Twitter.

    Now there's an extra reason to shout #Yay4SharksNRays!

    With hope,
    Sammy the Shark and Marilyn the Manta
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SOS - Save Our Species
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SOS - Save Our Species is a global partnership that protects threatened wildlife, their habitats and the people who depend on them, using a competitive process to select the best projects for funding.
We support 87 projects protecting more than 200 species worldwide. Help us to fund more of the best frontline conservation projects out there by supporting SOS. The Manta Trust takes a multidisciplinary approach to the worldwide conservation of manta rays and their habitat through robust science and research, while raising awareness and providing education to the general public and community stakeholders alike. WildAid's mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection.

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