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  • Comprehensive CITES Coral ID Guide Now Available

    Indonesia is the world’s largest exporter of live coral, and stony corals are one of the most traded CITES-listed marine animals globally, A new coral identification addresses the need for a visual resource to differentiate stony corals originating from a wild-collected or mariculture source. The 147-page full-color guide is a deep dive into what custom officials should be looking for when they inspect CITES corals consignments to help them identify illegal imports, and includes detailed images and descriptions of 55 stony coral genera.

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  • OATA Addresses CITES Marine Ornamental Fish Proposal

    On the agenda for CITES COP19 meeting yesterday (November 16) was an update on its proposal to examine the conservation of and trade in marine ornamental fish. This is a far-reaching proposal which could have a big effect on our industry.

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  • Brazil Shortsightedly Proposes Zebra Pleco for CITES Appendix I Listing

    The 19th CoP occurs November 14-26, 2022, in Panama City, Panama. At this CoP, the government of Brazil has submitted a proposal to uplist H. zebra from the least restrictive CITES listing on Appendix III, to Appendix I, which is the most restrictive CITES listing. Some argue that the new proposals will lead to increased demand for illegally harvested and smuggled specimens of Zebra Pleco.

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  • OATA Joins Fellow Pet Trade Associations at CITES CoP19

    On the agenda for the meeting, which looks at ways to ensure the sustainable trade in wildlife, are several items that would affect the global ornamental fish trade, including plans to move Zebra pleco (Hypancistrus zebra) from Appendix III to Appendix I – the highest level of restriction – and to put a number of freshwater stingray (Potamotrygon spp.) onto Appendix II.

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  • Conservationists release extinct-in-the-wild fish into natural habitat in Mexican river

    With the help of local children, a team of conservationists has released more than 1,000 golden skiffia (Skiffia francesae), a freshwater fish found only in Mexico, into the species’ native range in the Teuchitlán River, Jalisco.

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