CITES: A Break For Makos


Mako sharks are extremely vulnerable to overfishing, if we want to preserve this species and not push them to the brink of extinction the world needs to act now.

CITES: A Break For Makos

Top predators like mako sharks play a key role in maintaining a healthy eco-system, unfortunately for makos, which are the fastest sharks in our oceans, they don’t deal well with targeted fisheries as they reproduce slow and mature late.
Makos are one of the most common sharks caught on the high seas yet have almost no international protection, if we want to preserve this amazing species then this needs to change now. In August, 2019 the world will get together at the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. We will be there to speak for makos and hope they will finally gain more protection globally.
With a shark that can be so valuable for tourism wouldn't it make more sense to focus on eco-tourism where possible and give fishermen a chance to earn a more sustainable living by being part of this and help conserve our blue planet for future generations?

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Update: On August 25th, 2019, Makos were successfully added to Appendix II of CITES!

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A mako shark swims by off the coast of Baja California Del Sur
Makos are the fastest sharks in our oceans and are incredible to see underwater
Unfortunately for makos, they are heavily targeted for both the international trade and local consumption. The meat, fins and even jaws are all highly priced.
Mako shark heads hang for sale as souvenirs in Ensenada, Mexico.
A mako shark fins lays on a fisherman's table in Baja California Del Sur.
Shark fins, including those of makos get weighted before they are sold
Mako jaws are being sold as souvenirs in Mexico.
A juvenile mako shark about to be cut up by a fisherman in Baja California Del Sur.
A mako shark and sea lion encounter in Baja California Del Sur, where tourism can succeed, these sharks are worth way more alive then dead...