October 21, 2009
Countries Propose Bans On Trade Of Endangered Species
Environmental groups and international agencies are submitting their proposals to ban trade of certain products derived from endangered species.
The proposals have been issued to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) prior to its triennial meeting in Qatar next year.
Tanzania and Zambia have requested to lift a trade embargo on ivory in order to control the amount of elephant tusks being traded internationally.
Another primary concern in Qatar is expected to be the consumption of sharks' fins, which are considered to be a culinary delicacy in China.
Additionally, the EU and the US has proposed limits on international trade of certain shark species, while Monaco has issued a proposal to ban trade in tuna.
"Unsustainable target fisheries for Lamna nasus in parts of its range have been driven by international trade demand for its high value meat," the EU said in its proposal.
"This could be the turning point for sharks. If countries join together now we can promote the sustainable trade of sharks worldwide," Courtney Sakai, senior campaign director for environmental group Oceana, told AFP.
Monaco has proposed a ban in bluefish tuna trade, citing information to show that tuna spawning stock in the Mediterranean has dropped by more than 74 percent from 1957 to 2007.
"This is the last chance for fisheries managers to show they are competent to manage these magnificent and valuable fish. If they fail, Asia may see its supply cut off, perhaps for years," said Michael Hirshfield, Oceana's chief scientist.
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