#Divers4Makos - Help end uncontrolled mako shark fishing now!


Join Project AWARE and its Shark League partners. We urge top fishing nations - the EU (particularly Spain and Portugal), US, Japan, Brazil, Morocco and Canada - to prohibit the retention of Atlantic shortfin mako sharks immediately, as advised by ICCAT scientists, and push for an Atlantic-wide ban.
Add your name to the #Divers4Makos petition.

As we prepare for the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP18), to be held in Geneva from 17 to 28 August, Project AWARE is once again mobilizing its global community to influence governments and encourage action before it's too late! With your support, we can ensure that if countries agree to control trade for mako shark species (longfin and shortfin mako) in August 2019, then they will follow through with these commitments to actively reduce fishing pressure on these highly vulnerable shark species.


The Shark League - Shark Advocates International, Shark Trust, Ecology Action Centre and Project AWARE - focuses on the conservation of sharks and rays because of their inherent vulnerability to overfishing. Protecting these species in the Mediterranean and Atlantic is the coalition's primary goal given their exceptionally dire status.  Together we want to advance groundbreaking safeguards for sharks and rays at specific Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs).

Our work at CITES CoP18 is part of a wider strategy to work with governments and advocate for policy change to help protect sharks and rays from overexploitation. Backed by everyone who signs the #Divers4Makos petition, securing their inclusion on CITES Appendix II listing will give us more ammo to push fishing nations to limit their catches. Appendix II includes species that are not necessarily threatened with extinction, but trade is controlled in order to avoid population collapse.

How Does CITES Appendix II listing complement RFMOs and domestic measures?

  • CITES promotes legal and sustainable trade and RFMOs promote legal and sustainable harvest.
  • RFMOs are limited in terms of their geographic scope and the species that they manage. CITES has global coverage of the international trade of listed species.
  • An Appendix II listing could provide useful information and data to RFMOs and assist them in carrying out their mandate and RFMO data could assist with CITES findings.
  • The CITES process of regulating trade through a series of permits can help to address illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.
  • By requiring species to be legally acquired, CITES listings support enforcement and compliance with RFMO and domestic management measures.
  • Listing species in CITES promotes regional and international cooperation since importing and exporting countries work together and share the responsibility for ensuring sustainable trade.

Our collective voice is urgently needed to halt mako overfishing and encourage top fishing nations to begin rebuilding the under stress mako North Atlantic population.

Add your name to the #Divers4Makos petition to voice your support for an end to unsustainable mako shark fishing!