Ministry bans harvesting of live corals
17:39 Fri Dec 29, 2017
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Kelly Vacala
The Ministry of Fisheries has banned the harvesting, purchasing, sales and export of live coral and aquarium rock as of yesterday.
In a statement this afternoon, the ministry says no export permits would be processed by them.
The Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Scientific Committee (SC) will be submitting to the Management Authority (MA) on 7th January that Live Coral and Live Rock is given a zero quota for 2018.
Fisheries Ministry and both the CITES MA and SC will be supporting the development of other sustainable options, particularly the development of farmed or cultured coral.
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