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Tri-nations meeting on CITES

Participants were given training on identification of CITES-regulated wildlife products © TRAFFIC Click to enlarge.  
Beijing, China, 15 November 2007—A workshop for CITES Management Authorities, Customs and other relevant agencies from China and Mongolia was held last month in Harbin, China, to share information on law enforcement and legislation, wildlife investigation techniques and to examine the current status of illegal trans-border trade.

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Russian Salmon figures don’t add up—TRAFFIC / WWF

Salmon processing factory, Qingdao, China. China acts as a major low-cost salmon processing centre © Shelley Clarke Click to enlarge.  
Cambridge, UK, 13 November 2007—East Asian countries are importing between 50 and 90% more Russian Sockeye salmon than Russia is reporting as caught, according to a new report from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, and WWF.

Analysis of data from officially published sources reveals that from 2003 to 2005, the estimated excess quantity of Russian Sockeye salmon entering East Asian markets was between 8,000 and 15,000 tonnes each year, worth USD 40 to76 million.

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How to separate the wood from the ramin trees

ramin-workshop.jpgSkill is needed to identify ramin wood correctly—hence the need for a specialist workshop © TRAFFIC.  Singapore, 5 November 2007—Nearly 30 Customs officials and representatives of CITES Management Authorities and forestry agencies from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China received training in identification of ramin wood at a workshop held in Singapore in November 2007.

Ramin (Gonystylus), a genus of about 30 species of hardwood trees native to southeast Asia, is listed in Appendix II of CITES (the Convention in International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)—meaning that international trade is allowed under certain conditions.

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New treaty to boost protection of gorillas—TRAFFIC, WWF

A new legally binding agreement will boost protection for wild gorillas © WWF-Canon / Roger HOOPER Click to enlarge.  
Gland, Switzerland, 26 October 2007—The new agreement endorsed today in Paris, France, by nine African countries to better protect gorillas, is a major conservation achievement, said WWF, the conservation organization, and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

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Abalone fishery closure not the answer—TRAFFIC

South Africa's abalone fishery has been closed, but it won't tackle the illegal harvesting of wild abalone © Rob Tarr Click to enlarge.  
Cape Town, South Africa, 25 October—the South African government’s decision to close the commercial wild abalone fishery from 1st November 2007 is unlikely to lead to a decrease in abalone poaching, according to TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.  

“Whilst the decision has been taken in good faith, the real issue affecting the industry is the illegal harvest and trade in wild abalone,” said Markus Bürgener, Senior Programme Officer with TRAFFIC.

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No progress in protecting Southern Bluefin Tuna—TRAFFIC/WWF

Southern bluefin tuna: a lack of action against overharvesting is driving the species to extinction © WWF-Canon / Michel GUNTHER Click to enlarge.  
Canberra, Australia, 23 October 2007—The Commission for Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) concluded its 14th meeting, but failed to take any significant action to safeguard the fish stocks and other marine life it was established to manage and conserve says TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network and WWF.

“The Commission was unable to make any significant progress in preventing the overharvesting of southern bluefin tuna that is driving the species further towards extinction,” said Glenn Sant, TRAFFIC’s Global Marine Programme Leader.

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China hosts ASEAN to close net on wildlife crime

ASEAN-WEN is an intergovernmental initiative bringing ASEAN governments together to combat wildlife crime © James Compton / TRAFFIC Click to enlarge.  
Guanzhou, China, 14 September 2007—China has wrapped up an historic five-day exchange with law enforcement officers from five ASEAN countries to address one of the region’s major crime issues jointly.

The China-ASEAN Wildlife Law Enforcement Co-operation exchange in Guangzhou and Shenzhen aimed to strengthen regional co-operation in the fight against wildlife crime.

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World’s fisheries could follow new Australian strategy

Australia's new strategy will ensure sustainability of stocks in Commonwealth-managed fisheries © WWF-Canon / Isaac VEGA Click to enlarge.  

Canberra, Australia, 11 September 2007—A new strategy for setting catch levels will help ensure the long term economic and environmental sustainability in Australia’s Commonwealth-managed fisheries.

The Commonwealth Fisheries Harvest Strategy was drawn up following recognition that better management of fish stocks is needed to rebuild overfished stocks and prevent others becoming overfished in Australian waters.

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TRAFFIC reveals the state of China’s wildlife trade

The%20state%20of%20wildlife%20trade%20in%20China%20-%202006.gifTRAFFIC's latest report gives a snapshot of the state of wildlife trade in China in 2006.  Beijing, China, 6 September 2007—TRAFFIC has published a snapshot of the state of wildlife trade in China in 2006.

The report, in English and Chinese, is the first in an annual series on emerging trends in China’s wildlife trade, and provides up-to-date reviews of work being carried out to prevent illegal and support sustainable trade in China.

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