"Historic decision" would mean up to 90 percent of sharks in the market would now be protected, says Panamanian delegate and head of plenary Shirley Binder.
Between 63 million and 273 million sharks are killed every year, mainly for their fins and other parts and the proposal places dozens of species of requiem shark and hammerhead shark families on Appendix II of global CITES accord.
A key message from the IUCN Congress, taking place in the French city of Marseille, is that disappearing species and the destruction of ecosystems are existential threats on par with global warming.
Scientists from the University of Copenhagen use radiocarbon dating to confirm the age of a Greenland shark. Estimated to have been born around the same time William Shakespeare died, the shark is as old as the Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Istanbul.
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