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Monday, 11 March 2013

Shark protection

Level: Advanced / C1

The CITES meeting in Bangkok has voted to protect more species of shark.
Read this BBC article 'Historic' day for shark protection and then answer the following questions:
1) What is CITES?
2) What are shark fins used for?
3) True or false: Appendix 2 of CITES bans the trade in animals
4) Which part of the world has seen its shark fisheries destroyed?
5) Where are Porbeagles found?

Answers below!


1) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna.
2) Soup.
3) False: Appendix 2 regulates it, not bans it.
4) West Africa
5) Cold and temperate waters of the North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere.

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