EU DRAFT FOR REGULATION ON ALIEN INVASIVE SPECIES
Recently the draft Regulation on Alien Invasive Species in Europe was finally published. This draft is now submitted to the EU parliament. OFI and other EU trade associations have made first contacts with the people who will lead the discussion in that Parliament, half a year ago already. Basically the legislation describes that the EU will work with a blacklist of species of general concern for the EU. The draft can be downloaded here.
NEW IMPLEMENTING REGULATION ON CITES SPECIES
Recently the Commission published a new Implementing regulation on species of wild fauna and flora (578/2013). In this Regulation Europe implements the recent decisions by the Scientific Review Group on which species are allowed in from which countries. Changes of relevance to the Ornamental Aquatic Industry: Tridacna crocea and T. squamosa from Cambodia are no longer allowed into the EU. You can download the Regulation here.
ADVERTISE IN OFI PLANT BOOK!
OFI is now working on the next OFI book, to be pubished next year: a book on the Aquatic plant trade. As with all the books, we will fund the production and distribution with advertisements. The OFI books are highly appreciated, not only by our members, but also by non-members, cientists and especially by governments. Have your advert in this book! For non-OFI members: 795 Euro for full page (A5 size),495 Euro for half page. Order now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DUTCH POSITIVE LIST FOR MAMMALS
In the Netherlands a
positive list for mammals to be kept as pets has been published. It is a
short list of only 6 species of mammals. Furthermore, there are some 18
species that can be kept as production animals. Another group of 33
species will be allowed under conditions. Conditions to be determined.
It is no longer allowed to keep any other mammal as a pet. At the end of
next year our ministry aims to provide a positive list for reptiles and
amphibians, and for birds. With the present method, this could be the
end of the hobby for many. Ornamental fish are foreseen to be the next
after these groups. The Dutch pet-trade association Dibevo works,
together with the hobby, to prevent that this process will proceed.
SPAIN NOW LARGEST EXPORTER OF ORNAMENTAL FISH?
to FAO statistics Spain has rapidly developed as an ornamental fish
exporting country. In 2011 Spain was placed as first in ornamental fish
export in these statistics. Want to know more?
not listed in CITES appendix II
Two relatively little traded species Paratrygon aiereba and Potamotrygon schroederi, but also one
of the species that is common in the trade, Potamotrygon
motoro, were proposed by Colombia for inclusion in CITES appendix II of CITES.
The argumentation for this proposal was very weak and mainly based on lack of
data. The consequences of a listing would have been a serious increase of cost
and bureaucracy for breeders and exporters. OFI and colleague trade associations
were successful in their efforts against the proposals: they were not adopted.
Apple snails into Europe banned
Apple snails of the genus Pomacea will be prohibited for import and keeping into the European Union. A proposal was adopted in the past week and EU member States have to implement this. This has serious consequences for the aquarium trade. Not only will apple snails be banned for import, shipments of aquatic plants must have a declaration in the health certificate that they are inspected and found free of apple snails, and at arrival into the EU they will also be inspected. It will be prohibited to sell the snails in pet shops.
Reason for the ban is the outbreak of apple snails (Pomacea insularum) in Spain, in the Ebro delta, where they were found feeding on the rice plantations. The ban applies as from 8 November 2012. There is some space in the way Member States implement all restrictions.
EUS removed from EU list
As already announced the European Commission has drafted a proposal to remove Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome from the European list of diseases. Last week the EU member States approved the text. This means that very soon new Health Certificates will be published with all references to EUS removed. The decision will be published soon.
CITES: new arowana species in appendix I
With the description
of a new species of Arowana, Scleropages inscriptus, or Batik arowana it was unclear what would be the CITES
status of this fish. For this reason CITES has provisionally recommended that
the species should be seen as split off from S. formusus and that is
should have the same status: Appendix I. At the next CoP in
Bangkok, March 2013, the recommendation will be on the agenda.