Mobula success at CITES CoP17
YES! THEY GOT IT! MOBULAS MADE IT THROUGH AT CITES!!!
The votes are in….CITES delegates overwhelmingly voted in favour of listing all mobula rays on Appendix II of CITES!
This is a massive, game-changing moment for the conservation of these mini-mantas. Being listed on Appendix II means countries must prove that the trade in mobula gill plates is sustainable and not detrimental to the survival of the species (extremely hard given how few offspring they birth during their lives).
It’s not completely over yet though – just like the sharks (see below), this decision still needs to be ‘finalised’ during something called the Plenary Stage taking place in a few days. But we have high hopes that this landmark decision will soon become set in stone.
the mobula vote was the third one up for the sharks and rays. First up were Silky sharks!
It was as solid start for the sharks and ray proposals at CITES, as silky sharks become approved for listing on Appendix II of CITES!!! This is amazing news! But it’s worth noting that this decision isn’t final until it’s approved and set in stone during the Plenary Stage. Approved proposals can actually be overturned during this phase. Whilst it’s not over until it’s over, this is a massive decision and we have high hopes countries stick to their guns and keep this decision. We’ll keep you posted.
Next up were the the thresher sharks. They made it two out of two! Another one in the bag as thresher sharks become approved on Appendix II of CITES!!! Just like the silky sharks, this decision isn’t final until it’s approved and set in stone during the Plenary Stage. But nonetheless, a seriously big moment for these charismatic and endangered sharks! We have high hopes the decision will remain as it enters the plenary stage for confirmation.
Nine devil rays species, the three thresher shark species, and the silky shark were all proposed by countries all over the globe for listing under CITES Appendix II, which obligates Parties to put in place international trade restrictions to ensure exports are sustainable and legal and they were ALL successful. Join us in celebrating a monumental day for sharks, mobulids, marine conservation and this charity! Read the Project AWARE Press Release