CITES Europe to Discuss Restrictions on Australian Corals

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species will meet on December 3rd to discuss the collection and export of certain hard coral species from Australia.

Mobula rays, Silky sharks and Thresher sharks, listed under CITES Appendix II

It’s official, delegates at the CITES convention have voted overwhelmingly to list Mobula rays, Silky shark and Thresher sharks as an Appendix II species. This decision comes from the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) in Johannesburg…

Largest illegal coral seizure in UK history made at Manchester airport

The largest illegal coral seizure ever made in the United Kingdom happened when officials discovered over 750 kilograms of illegal coral and rare clams at the Manchester Airport.  The cargo originated in Vietnam then flew through Singapore on its way to the…

Operation Black Gold seizes huge illegal coral shipments

by Shane Graber Chalk another one up to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service! On March 11th, two Taiwanese nationals, Gloria and Ivan Chu, pleaded guilty in a U.S. Virgin Islands federal court to nine counts for conspiring to illegally…

Indonesia to set quotas on coral trade

This week Indonesia announced plans to begin setting quotas on coral trade in an effort to preserve its coral reefs. The country has seen the negative impact of destructive fishing, tourism, climate change and coral trading on its precious reefs…

SEASMART building marine aquarium trade in Papua New Guinea the right way

The SEASMART Program is coming together in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to create a new sustainable, environmentally conscious and profitable trade. The marine aquarium livestock collection trade has definitely had negative impacts on natural habitats of many tropical regions but…

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Publishes CITES Proposals

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice which describes proposed resolutions, decisions and agenda items that the United States may submit for consideration at the conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild…