We’re intensifying our efforts to rally our global community to influence governments for national and international protection for mako sharks following a shift in their IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status from Vulnerable to Endangered.
We are calling for urgent action before it's too late!
With your support, we will ensure that if countries agree to control trade of both species of mako sharks at the convention of CITES CoP18*, to be held in Geneva from 17 to 28 August, then they are duty-bound to follow through with commitments to actively reduce fishing pressure on these overfished shark species.
Succeeding at CITES – achieving the makos Appendix II listing - will give Project AWARE and our Shark League partners more ammo to get top fishing nations - the EU (particularly Spain and Portugal), US, Japan, Brazil, Morocco and Canada – to ban the retention of Atlantic shortfin mako sharks immediately, as advised by fisheries scientists, and push for an Atlantic-wide fishing ban, where their populations have been severely depleted.
*18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species