CITES and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) have published two downloadable guides to help identify shark and ray species common in the Southeast Asian region.

The guides, collectively named the Pocket Field Guide: sharks and rays in Southeast Asian region, contain photographs and summary descriptions of the most commonly found 25 species of rays and 25 species of sharks.

The average sizes of each species, their scientific and common names and their status under CITES and in the IUCN Red List are also included in the guides. Colour photographs and drawings are provided for each species with highlighted arrows on the main identifying characteristics. The images of “look-alike” species are arranged in the same page or the following adjacent pages for easy comparison.

CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero welcomed the Pocket Field Guide, saying: “We believe the information in these new guides will greatly support efforts to conserve CITES-listed marine species from overfishing in South East Asia, thus contributing to ensure fisheries in the region can remain sustainable. As Parties continue to discuss the potential listing of additional marine species and the implications for fisheries and fishing communities, tools like these guides and SEAFDEC’s technical reports can only support Parties in implementing the Convention and achieving its conservation and sustainable use objectives.”

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