Merida Yucatan, Mexico, May 2015—Delegates from across Mesoamerica met last month at two regional training and capacity building workshops organized by TRAFFIC in co-ordination with Mexico’s General Attorney for the Protection of the Environment (PROFEPA) on precious and semi-precious corals and sea cucumbers.
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Pretoria, South Africa, 7 October 2014—A new investigative study reveals a highly lucrative trade in a species of abalone—a sea snail found off the coast of South Africa. Investigators found rampant abalone poaching and a growing drug addiction crisis in the South African coastal communities where drugs are frequently exchanged for the illegally harvested snail. The species is particularly prized in East Asia, where people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars per kilogramme for this illegally extracted delicacy.
12th September 2014—On Sunday 14th September, five species of sharks and two manta ray species will receive protection under the United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) when formal measures to regulate their international trade come into effect.
Samoa, 2nd September 2014—A new programme to support Pacific Island governments in managing and conserving their shark and ray populations was launched today at the Third International Conference of the United Nations Small Islands Developing States in Apia, Samoa.
UPDATE: In August 2014, the German Government, through BfN, convened a workshop of experts where the shark NDF guidelines were refined and revised. The revised versions are now available, in both English and Spanish through the CITES shark website portal .
Cambridge, UK, 25th April 2014—TRAFFIC has helped develop straightforward steps for determining whether trade in a particular species is likely to be detrimental to its survival, a key requirement for countries before allowing export of their wildlife resources.
Cambridge, UK, 23rd April 2014—TRAFFIC has developed M-risk, a novel method to quantify the risk posed by over-exploitation of shark stocks as part of a project supported by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Costa Rica, 24th February 2014—Analysis of fisheries trade data provides a highly cost-effective and helpful method for accessing information that can assist in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the 4th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop held last week in Costa Rica was told.