Shark and manta rays


Approximately 400 species of sharks are found in the world. Sharks were first included in Appendix II of CITES in February 2003, after the Conference of the Parties to CITES decided at its 12th meeting... See more

Information resources

NDFs and NDF guidance

Shark NDF Guidance: (PDF-English | Español). Submitted by German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (CITES Scientific Authority)

Non-detriment finding for five CITES Appendix II shark species: Non Detriment Finding, Scientific information for NDF development, advice on...

Events and meetings

  • 05-13 August: WCPFC 11th Regular Session of the Scientifc Committee, Pohnpei, Micronesia...
  • 07-11 September:

    Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) 11th Working Party on Ecosystems and Bycatch (WPEB11), Olhão,...

Focal countries and meetings


Ongoing projects

EU project

The EU has continued to support CITES-related activities over the years.  At CoP16, the European Union announced a contribution of EUR 1.2 million to CITES to assist developing countries in their implementation of the new listings of sharks and manta rays in 2013-2015.  The project “Strengthening capacity in... See more

Other Resources