With all the happenings this week surrounding CITES and proposals to uplist Hypancistrus zebra from Appendix III to Appendix I (which would most likely eliminate all international trade in the species), it seems highly fitting to share this Leandro Sousa’s interview with…
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.
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.
Lurking in the international fish trade for a few years, a new albino variation of the Firemouth Cichlid, Thorichthys meeki, has been spotted at Aquarium Design Group in Houston, Texas, and may represent the first time this variant has been available in the U.S.
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.