Thought for the day Number 9 – Prohibited harvesting and commercial trade in wild-harvested corals
A number of countries have prohibited harvesting and commercial trade in wild-harvested corals and coral rocks – among them are Mozambique, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands and Tonga. The inclusion of corals in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has driven management action as permits are required for their trade.
In the Philippines it only covers a few specie, since the constant illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, from organizations like the US Agency for International Development (USAID): very little is being done.
They should penalise the local offenders who put nothing back to the reef community, may be its time to look at a special environmental tax or make them subsidies local breeding programs to replace the catch they take. See post.
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