There is international on the protection of 18 threatened of sharks and rays. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed on Sunday to give protection for the creatures from actions such as fishing and hunting. Many of the threatened species are hunted for their meat and . Some of the species being protected are the world's shark (the mako shark), wedgefishes and guitarfishes. Luke Warwick of the Wildlife Conservation Society said: "Sharks are wildlife....Momentum is building to ensure that these species, which have been around for 400 million years, continue to be around for generations."
CITES is an international established in 1973 to protect endangered animals and . It has been signed by 182 different , plus the European Union. There was not agreement at the weekend's meeting. The focus of the meeting was on protecting sharks. The of sharks killed each year by fishing is estimated at 100 million. One conservation group said this could be as high as 273 million. Forty countries disagreed that the mako shark was in . They argued that there was not enough to show that the mako was disappearing as a result of fishing. The global shark fin is estimated to be over $1.2 billion.