Honduras Proposes Saving Endangered Sharks and Manta Rays at CITES World Conference

Save the Honduras Hammer Head Shark

Save the Honduras Hammer Head Shark

In a world wide meeting in which Honduras participated, three species of shark and manta rays received its support for their protection.

The issue was discussed at the Conference of the Parties Issue 16 of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in Bangkok, Thailand. Proposals on five shark species and two species of Manta rays were accepted by the governments of the world for a day of discussions.

Honduras played a key role in proposing the initiative which aims to include in the Appendix II of CITES, three species of hammerheads. Hammerhead sharks have been over-fished worldwide due to high demand on their fins.

These fins are the main ingredient of the “fin soup” that has become an exotic dish and it’s on high demand mainly in Asian countries. In order to meet the increasing demand, the international fin trade has threatened the world population of these species.

“This is exactly the kind of situation that needs to be addressed at this conference and why CITES was established,” said Rigoberto Cuellar, Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment, who represented Honduras.

Save the Honduras Manta Rays

Save the Honduras Manta Rays

In 2011 Honduras became the first Latin American country to declare its territorial waters as a shark sanctuary.

Editors Note: We here in Honduras may have our troubles but we love our environment and are going to try to do everything we can to not just protect it but enrich it. Please do your part when you visit our lovely country to relax and enjoy on our wonderful beaches ; explore our awesome National Parks or become a World Class Diver.

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