During the of the Animals Committee meeting in June 2023, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) announced that the enforcement of Appendix II CITES regulations for certain sharks would go into effect after originally being delayed 12 months.
The family of Carcharhinidae is comprised of 54 species of sharks. With the addition to Appendix II, for shipments of shark parts and derivatives, “parties are encouraged to…verify the presence of a valid CITES permit or certificate as required under the Convention or to obtain satisfactory proof of its existence.”
The addition of the Carcharhinidae family in Appendix II becomes effective on November 25, 2023.
The informational document released as part of the thirty-second meeting of the Animals Committee can be found here:
The original CITES proposal can be found here: