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Monday
Nov092009

Illegal ivory trade rising

A series of recent large-scale ivory seizures suggest an increased involvement of organized crime syndicates in the illicit ivory trade, connecting African source countries with Asian end-use markets. © Joyce Wu/TRAFFIC Click photo to enlarge  

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Cambridge, UK, 10 November 2009—The illicit trade in ivory, which has been increasing in volume since 2004, moved sharply upward in 2009, according to the latest analysis of seizure data in the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS).

ETIS, one of the two monitoring systems for elephants under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) but managed by TRAFFIC, comprises the world’s largest collection of elephant product seizure records.

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Saturday
Nov072009

“Don’t Buy Trouble” film wins CMS Vatavaran Award

Delhi, India, 7 November 2009—TRAFFIC India’s film “Don’t Buy Trouble” has received an award at the CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film festival held in New Delhi this October.

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Friday
Nov062009

Australia confiscates 130 km long deepwater gillnet

This vessel—the Anela—was photographed by a New Zealand Patrol on the high seas between Australia and New Zealand, and is believed to have deepwater gillnetting equipment aboard Click photo to enlarge © New Zealand Maritime Surveillance Patrol   

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Sydney, Australia, 6 November 2009—Just days after TRAFFIC wrote to the fledgling South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) to express alarm that Flag States are allowing deepwater gillnetting, Australia has revealed it confiscated a huge gillnet set illegally in Antarctic waters earlier this year.

The net, or rather series of nets strung together, was confiscated this April at Banzare Bank in the south western Indian Ocean and measured a staggering 130 km end to end—roughly the same distance as the width of New Zealand’s South Island—and set at a depth of 1.5 km.

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Thursday
Nov052009

Malaysian Tiger Action Plan adopted

The Government in Malaysia has endorsed a Tiger Action Plan that aims to see 1,000 wild animals in the country by 2020 Click photo to enlarge © Roger Hooper / WWF-Canon   

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Kuala Lumpur, 5 November 2009—Malaysia’s roadmap to saving its wild tigers has received its most solid endorsement yet—a firm and clear commitment from Government to protect the species and the places it calls home.

The National Tiger Action Plan was officially adopted by Malaysia’s National Biodiversity-Biotechnologys Council yesterday. It is a detailed document that government and environmental NGOs jointly shaped over the past two years.

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Sunday
Nov012009

Sharks at risk from deepwater gillnets

Deepwater gillnetting could seriously affect species like the Spiny Dogfish, a species already threatened from overfishing  

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Cambridge, UK, 1 November 2009—TRAFFIC has written to the fledgling South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) to express alarm that Flag States are allowing deepwater gillnetting, a potentially devastating fishing practice, of species such as deep water sharks.

This is despite an agreement to restrict current fishing using this technique to earlier lower levels because of questions over its levels of impact on suceptible species.

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Thursday
Oct292009

African monkey meat seized in Poland

The smoked monkey found by Polish Customs in the luggage of a student arriving from Cameroon Click photo to enlarge © Izba Celna w Warszawie  

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Warsaw, Poland, 29 October 2009—Customs officials have found a smoked monkey in the luggage of a female student travelling from Cameroon to attend university in Poland.

The 21 year-old was stopped as she attempted to pass through the “Nothing to Declare” channel at Warsaw international airport.

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Monday
Oct262009

Few surprises in latest CITES Proposals, but sparks may fly

Conflicting proposals relating to African Elephants mean debate over the ivory trade is likely to dominate proceedings at the CITES meeting in Qatar, next March Click photo to enlarge © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon   

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Gland, Switzerland, 26 October 2009—the Secretariat of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) has today revealed most of the list of just over 40 proposed changes in CITES trade rules that will be discussed along with a range of other policy and implementation issues at the forthcoming Conference of the Parties taking place next March in Qatar (CoP15).

CITES CoP meetings occur every three years and changes to trade rules, through amendments to the CITES Appendices can have profound conservation implications for affected species. The listing of a species in Appendix I effectively prevents all commercial international trade, while those listed in Appendix II can be traded under special permit conditions.

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Friday
Oct232009

Southern Bluefin quota cuts could be “too little, too late”

Southern Bluefin Tuna on sale in Tokyo: even in a best case scenario, it will take years for stock levels to recover Click on photo to enlarge © Michel Gunther / WWF-Canon  

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Jeju Island, South Korea, 23 October—A 20 percent cut in the Southern Bluefin Tuna take could still be too little, too late for the species which is on the brink of collapse, WWF and the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC warned today.
 
Speaking at the conclusion of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin (CCSBT) Tuna meeting in Jeju Island, South Korea, TRAFFIC’s Global Marine Programme Leader Glenn Sant said that even under a best case scenario, the Southern Bluefin Tuna populations would not recover for many years.

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Wednesday
Oct212009

“Operation Punch” delivers knockout blow to illegal bushmeat markets

Some of the seized bushmeat on display following markets raids in Cameroon, including parts of gorillas, monkeys, pangolins, turtles, tortoises, crocodiles, snakes, antelopes, monitor lizards, hornbills and rodents Click on photo to enlarge © Eva Paule MOUZONG / TRAFFIC   

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Yaoundé, Cameroon, 21 October 2009—After months of planning, at 5 am on 16 October, a team of law enforcement officers, including the anti-poaching brigade of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF), staff from the Direction Générale à la Recherche Extérieure (DGRE) and others, swooped on markets throughout Yaoundé to seize bushmeat illegally on sale.

Code-named “Coup de poing”, (“Operation Punch”), the team confiscated 45 live animals, 228 carcasses plus 42 assorted animal parts following raids at Nkolndongo and Nkolndongo Texaco markets and the railway station.

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