Cuba will develop legislation and control measures for the capture and trade of hammerhead sharks and manta rays, which were included in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The decision to include both specimens in the appendices of CITES, to protect them, shall come into force in 2014, after being adopted at the 16th Conference of the parties of the organization, held last March in Bangkok, capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, in Southeast Asia.
Cuba, as a State Party of that Convention and distribution area of the aforementioned species must expand its regulations and provision for their management to allow a sustainable use, M Sc. José Alberto Alvarez Lemus said.
Alvarez Lemus, expert of the Cuban Environmental Inspection and Control Center, said the nation has no specific legislation or fishery management plans in this regard.
However, he clarified that Resolution 160 of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment preserves whale and white sharks, in addition to the sawfish, which are among the species of particular significance.
He felt that that list has to be increased now to the new cartilaginous fishes recognized in the Bangkok meeting, attended by about three thousand delegates from 170 states and NGOs.(ACN)