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Protecting Precious Sharks

Posted on 16 September 2019

Have you ever seen shark for sale at your local market or fish and chip shop? Well, there’s a very good chance it could be the endangered mako species.  

Mako is one of the most threatened shark species, with populations dropping all over the world. It’s popular for its meat and fins, which are usually used in shark fin soup. The demand for mako is becoming a big issue, but luckily people are finally starting to take notice. 

At the end of last month, 120 countries joined together at a global wildlife summit in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss how they can protect 18 species of endangered sharks and rays, including mako. They agreed to introduce a new measure to supervise the trade of mako sharks to make sure the species doesn’t become entirely extinct. 

Other animals that will be protected include the wedgefish, giant guitarfish (which is the most endangered marine fish in the world), three species of sea cucumber, and the smooth-coated otter. All of these are crucial parts of the marine ecosystem, but sadly they’re also prized food items. Hopefully the new rules will help protect these precious sea creatures – Captain Splash and Ranger Wild would agree!