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Thursday
Mar 01 2007

Fisheries not catching on

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It’s make or break time for the world’s fisheries © WWF-South Pacific Click to enlarge
Cambridge, UK, 1 March 2007—There has never been a more urgent need to strengthen fisheries management measures globally, says TRAFFIC in a new report that examines the application of trade-related measures by Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) in regulating the world’s fishing industry.

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Thursday
Feb 22 2007

Sharks see red

1467551-1199213-thumbnail.jpg Oxford, UK, 22 February 2007—Oceanic shark numbers are declining through overfishing, and several species have been added to the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

“The qualities of pelagic sharks—fast, powerful and wide ranging—too often leads to a misperception that they are resilient to fishing pressure,” said Sarah Fowler, Co-Chair of the World Conservation Union's Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) Shark Specialist Group.

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Thursday
Feb 08 2007

Caviar figures smell fishy

Beluga-sturgeon-Boris-Mashkov.jpg TRAFFIC is concerned the lifting of a caviar trade ban was not based on sound scientific data © Boris Mashkov Vladivostock, Russia, 8 February 2007—The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has lifted a one-year ban on exports of caviar from stocks of beluga sturgeon and two species of sturgeon from the Amur River basin. The announcement has dismayed TRAFFIC and WWF who are concerned the decision was not based on catch quotas established by the Russian Federation for 2007.

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Monday
Feb 05 2007

Abalone to come under international trade controls

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South African abalone is frequently exported to East Asia, where its meat is considered a delicacy © Markus Bürgener / TRAFFIC Click to enlarge
Cape Town, South Africa, 5 February 2007—South Africa has taken a decisive step towards stemming the illegal harvest and trade of its endemic abalone species, Haliotis midae , by listing it in Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The listing, which comes into effect on 3 May 2007, requires all future consignments of H. midae , more commonly known as perlemoen, in international trade to be accompanied by CITES documentation.

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Friday
Feb 02 2007

Hong Kong authorities called upon to address illegal fish trade

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Humphead Wrasse is a coral fish threatened by unregulated and illegal trade © Cindy Cheng/WWF-Hong Kong Click to enlarge
Hong Kong, 2 February 2007—Reef fish such as Humphead Wrasse (also known as Napolean Wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus ) are fast disappearing largely due to weakly regulated and illegal international trade, according to TRAFFIC. As the major consumption market and trade hub, TRAFFIC is calling upon Hong Kong authorities to take the initiative to work closely with source countries in the region to ensure the sustainable trade in Humphead Wrasse.

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