The basking shark is now protected in the territorial waters of some of the countries, including the UK, in which it occurs (2). In 2002, this species was accepted onto Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), thus reducing international trade in basking sharks (4). A three-year research programme in Britain is currently underway (9). The attraction of these large and appealing creatures for ecotourism may also benefit their conservation.
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