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Costa Rica and Ecuador join forces to protect hammerhead sharks

Hammerheads are considered vital to the Galapagos and Cocos Islands' ecosystems.
Hammerheads are considered vital to the Galapagos and Cocos Islands’ ecosystems. Image by Lucy Rickards / CC BY 2.0

Twenty-one species of shark, ray and sawfish have been added to a list of migratory species requiring international protection at the latest Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. Costa Rica and Ecuador joined forces to successfully get the scalloped and great hammerhead sharks added to the list, both of which are considered vital to the delicate ecosystems of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica’s Cocos Islands. The two hammerhead species have suffered population declines of between 60 percent and 99 percent, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is thought the shrinking populations are due to a rise in demand for shark fin soup in Asia. Read more: ticotimes.net