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World Conservation

Vietnam Net Bridge

Vietnam has suspended commercial trade in specimens of species listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) with Laos

The Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) on February 18 dispatched a document to involved organisations and individuals on the suspension of granting CITES certificates and permits.

Accordingly, the Vietnam CITES management authority temporarily stops granting CITES certificates to the export, re-export and import of specimens of CITES-listed species to and from Laos for commercial purposes from February 11 until further notice.

Those concerned can get more information by contacting the hotline 04.37335676.

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World Conservation

The Standard

About 100 bags of dead fish were collected from the Shing Mun River at Sha Tin yesterday.

Experts says they might have died in the cold weather last week and have just surfaced.

But a report on a river’s water sample last year showed the pH level was 2.9 times higher than normal.

The dead fish piled up along 800 meters of the river bank from residential site Man Lai Court to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

It is the third time dead fish have shown up in the river. Residents are annoyed by the smell and have complained to their district councillor.

The Sha Tin district councillor for Fo Tan, Scarlett Pong Oi-lan, said she has received eight complaints so far.

“We have seen a lot of dead fish outside Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool, Central Park and the public housing estate Jat Min Chuen,” she said. “Some of the big fish’s heads have already come off.”

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World Conservation

Mother Jones

Discarded plastic will outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by 2050, according to a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. That is, unless overfishing moves the date up sooner.

The study, a collaboration with the World Economic Forum, found that 32 percent of plastic packaging escapes waste collection systems, gets into waterways, and is eventually deposited in the oceans. That percentage is expected to increase in coming years, given that the fastest growth in plastic production is expected to occur in “high leakage” markets—developing countries where sanitation systems are often unreliable. The data used in the report comes from a review of more than 200 studies and interviews with 180 experts.

Since 1964, global plastic production has increased 20-fold—311 million tons were produced in 2014—and production is expected to triple again by 2050. A whopping 86 percent of plastic packaging is used just once, according to the report’s authors, representing $80 billion to $120 billion in lost value annually. That means not only more plastic waste, but more production-related oil consumption and carbon emissions if the industry doesn’t alter its ways.

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World Conservation

The Fish Site

SCOTLAND, UK – Scotland’s largest fisheries association has received an award from a major conservation charity for its work on rebuilding North Sea cod stocks.

The Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association won best project at The Ocean Awards 2016 hosted by the Blue Marine Foundation, which aims to increase the area of the world’s oceans protected by marine reserves.

The association has pioneered the introduction of a series of measures to conserve cod stocks, leading ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) scientists to recommend quota increases in successive years.

SWFPA chief executive Mike Park accepted the award at a ceremony in London.

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World Conservation

Vietnam Net Bridge

Authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai have just signed a decision to establish a 7,900ha sea reserve off the coast of Ly Son Island and Binh Chau Commune. The reserve area to be established aims to maintain and protect sea resources and biological varieties, and facilitate economic development and ecological tourism, while sustainably using local aquatic resources.

The reservation includes three functional areas. These are the strictly reserved area, area for ecology restoration, and the area for development and a protection belt. The total budget required for the reservation area between 2015 and 2020 is more than VNN33.8 billion (US$1.5 million)

Nguyen Dang Vu, director of the provincial Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said they have been compiling scientific data and documents to cement the area’s status as a national and global Geopark. Two years ago, two trading vessels that were used about 700 years ago were discovered off the coast of Binh Chau in Binh Son District. Ceramic and stone artefacts from an old shipwreck were also discovered during a deep water excavation near the islet of An Binh, located 3km from Ly Son Island.

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