The following statement was issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society at CITES CoP18. Susan Lieberman, vice president of international policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society, presented these remarks in full plenary as CITES CoP18 came to conclusion.
It was agreed to place 18 additional shark and ray species on Appendix II of CITES. This means that international trade in these species will be regulated, and countries will be incentivized to manage the fisheries for these species to ensure they are sustainable.
A statement was issued today at CITES CoP18 (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species 18th Conference of the Parties) by the Wildlife Conservation Society urging further action to protect the helmeted hornbill.