Watch: Identifying Sharks through their Fins

Spotting illegal shark and manta products in international trade can be challenging for frontline officials.

Dr. Akram Darwich and UAE Ministry of Environment and Water’s Dr. Rima Jabado summarize the second day of a training workshop in Dubai put on by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in the video below.

The workshop covered the biology of sharks and why they are so vulnerable to over-exploitation due to their slow growth, late maturation and low birth rate. Participants also took part in a practical exercise on how to identifying shark species through their fins.

Participants were given a review of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), its importance, its permits, and sharks and marine species listed in its appendices.

In March 2013, five shark species were listed in appendix II of the CITES convention during the 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP 16). We are optimistic that with proper training frontline officials will be ready to enforce these recent international regulations by September 2014.

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