Oct 22, Manila, Philippines: Sri Lanka and Samoa plan to jointly propose to place Blue Sharks on a special global list asking countries to conserve them and protect their habitat as approximately 20 million of the species are killed each year, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) said in a media release.
At the Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals
(CMS COP12) in Manilla next week Sri Lanka and Samoa are proposing that the Blue Shark be placed on Appendix 2 in a show of proactive conservation.
According to the SPREP the Blue Shark is the most commonly caught large shark species in the world. While its reproductive rate is higher than that of many shark species, given the numbers that are killed each year their conservation needs to be ensured before it is too late.
Pacific countries of Fiji and Palau are also supporting the proposal.
CMS COP12 is being held in Manila, the Philippines, from 23 to 28 October 2017 - the first time that the COP will ever have been held in Asia.
The CMS protect migratory species placed under two different lists. Appendix 1 lists migratory species that are endangered and, Appendix 2 lists migratory species which have an unfavorable conservation status requiring international agreements for their conservation and management.
The CMS had 124 Parties as of July this year and Sri Lanka is a party to CMS since 1990.