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Tuesday
Mar272007

$22 million boost for law enforcement in Canada

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An Environment Canada Wildlife Enforcement officer inspects a shipment of stuffed birds—Snowy Owl, White-billed Diver and Harlequin Duck © TRAFFIC Click to enlarge
Canada, 27 March 2007—the Canadian House of Commons today approved $22 million to fund an increase in the number of Environment Canada’s Enforcement officers.

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Tuesday
Mar132007

Lifting tiger trade ban a catastrophe for conservation

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Visitors view tigers at Harbin Tiger Park, China © Kirsten Conrad Click to enlarge
Gland, Switzerland, 13 March 2007—Any lifting or easing of the current Chinese tiger trade ban in tiger trade is likely to be the death sentence for the endangered cat species, a new TRAFFIC report says.

Taming the tiger trade: China's markets for wild and captive tiger products since the 1993 domestic trade ban warns that Chinese business owners who stand to profit from the tiger trade are putting increasing pressure on the Chinese Government to overturn the 1993 ban. This would allow domestic trade in captive-bred tiger parts for use in traditional medicine and for clothing to resume.

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Wednesday
Mar072007

Wild vs farmed salmon: what's the catch?

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The great salmon run: wild fish could never supply the salmon market demand © WWF-Canon / Kevin SCHAFER Click to enlarge
Cambridge, UK, 7 March 2007—A new report, the first to take a comprehensive look at market competition between wild and farmed salmon, sheds new light on the contentious and complex issues surrounding the salmon industry.

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Thursday
Mar012007

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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Wednesday
Feb282007

CITES: Provisional assessments welcomed

1467551-1195119-thumbnail.jpg Cambridge, UK, 28 February 2007—TRAFFIC and WWF have welcomed the preliminary assessments of new proposals for amending wildlife trade rules announced today by the Secretariat of the Convention on the International Trade in Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

The proposals will be discussed in detail and voted upon at the forthcoming meeting of CITES signatories (COP14) which takes place from 3–15 June in the Hague, Netherlands.

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Thursday
Feb222007

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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Friday
Feb162007

New industry standard for collection of wild plants

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Wolf's Bane Arnica montana is used in the treatment of bruising and sprains, but is becoming rarer throughout its European range © G. Ammermann/WWF Click to enlarge
Nuremberg, Germany, 16 February 2007—A new standard to promote the sustainable management and trade in wild medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) was launched today at Biofach, the World Organic Trade Fair.

The International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP) was drawn up following extensive consultation with plant experts and the herbal products industry worldwide.

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Thursday
Feb152007

Sharks over the moon following court ruling

Leopard-shark-Monterey-Bay-Aquarium-Foundation.jpgA pastor in the Unification Church and five other “Moonies” have been convicted of poaching undersize Leopard Sharks © 2006 Monterey Bay Aquarium FoundationCalifornia, USA, 15 February 2007—The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, founded by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, whose followers are known colloquially as “Moonies”, and six men convicted of poaching Leopard Sharks are to pay a total of US$910,000 to help restore marine wildlife habitat in the San Francisco Bay. Generous donations from the California Coastal Conservancy and three Foundations are to contribute a further US$600,000 for conservation work in the area.

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