Thresher sharks, devil rays and silky sharks are voted to elevate their protection status to Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). These shark species are subjected to demanding shark fin trade that resulted to decline of their populations. By Appendix II, trade of these shark species are legal unless their populations are already unsustainable.
Amid hilly islands, 50 volcanoes, and blue-green waters north of New Zealand, that nation has committed to a 239,383-square-mile marine preserve. It has the world's second-deepest trench, and not all species are yet known.