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New trade rules to help save shark species from extinction

New trade rules to help save shark species from extinction

Updated 12 February 2014, 10:14 AEST

Fisheries officials and NGO's throughout the Pacific have gathered in Fiji to prepare for the introduction of historic new measures to preserve shark numbers.

Protection for a number of shark species has been promised by members of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

More than 170 countries will begin enforcing those protections in September and here in the Pacific preparation has already begun.

So what are the main threats to sharks in the region?

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Imogen Zethoven, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Charitable Trusts

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