Monday, January 01, 2018

Ministry of Fisheries - awesome!

White Teatfish - remember? Source.

Love it!

Fiji's Ministry of Fisheries is showing some teeth - finally!
First they did effectively shut down the illegal trade in bĂȘche-de-mer that has been driving the widespread poaching, and maiming and killing numerous young Fijians. And now they have banned the harvesting and trade in live rock and live coral that has equally been a scourge to our marine biodiversity. Hopefully the latter ban will be relaxed once the coral farmers can come up with a verified sustainable product - but for now the blanket ban is certainly the best solution.

Bravo Fisheries - we are proud of you!
Our Elasmobranchs next please!

PS - it is complicated - H/T Saffron Pimpernell!

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