There is on protecting 18 threatened species of sharks and . The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed to give greater for the marine from commercial fishing. Many of the threatened species are hunted for their meat and . Some of the protected species include the world's shark (the mako shark), wedgefishes and guitarfishes. The Wildlife Conservation Society said: "Sharks are ....Momentum is building to ensure that species...continue to be around for generations."
CITES is an international established in 1973 signed by 182 different to protect endangered animals and . The of the weekend meeting was on protecting sharks. The of sharks killed each year by commercial fishing is estimated at 100 million. A conservation said this could be as high as 273 million. Forty countries disagreed that the mako shark was in because there was not enough to show it was disappearing as a of fishing. The global shark fin is thought to be worth over $1.2 billion.