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CITES

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Sharks and CITES

Dr. Thomas Althaus

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Sharks in Research and Industry

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Distribution of white sharks is influenced by their gender

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Extended niche for the white shark

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Frequently asked Questions

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E. Ritter leaves Shark info and Shark Foundation

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Tope shark

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Sharks and CITES

By Dr. Thomas Althaus

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The jaws of a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) are worth CHF 15,000 on the world market.

© Hai-Stiftung

CITES refers to the "U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora". As the name clearly states, it is a trade convention serving the protection of species. CITES deals with international traffic (imports, exports, reexport, "the bringing in from the sea") of living animals and plants as well as - clearly recognizable - animal and plant products of certain species.

It is very difficult to put sharks on the CITES lists of endangered species. Cites demands very explicit scientific data on the species. Such data are not yet available for many endangered sharks species.

Another basic difficulty encountered in shark protection is the fact that CITES becomes effective too late, namely only after the animals have been caught and killed, in other words after the damage has actually been done.



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