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The Darwin Initiative
Whale Sharks on CITES Appendix II
In a last minute plenary vote, whale sharks and basking sharks have been placed on the Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Information from a current Darwin project contributed to this decision, made on 15 November at the end of the CITES conference in Chile. This is the first time that CITES have ever placed a shark on the Appendix II lists, and trade in whale shark or basking shark products will now be regulated and even halted if found to impact populations. The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, measuring up to 20m in length. They can dive to a depth of more than 1,000m and swim for hundreds of kilometres between feeding sites.
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