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CITES finalizes 2006 caviar export quotas
Geneva, 13 April 2006 – The Secretariat of the Convention
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora (CITES) has finalized the 2006 export quotas for sturgeon.
This will enable Iran to export this year up to 44,370 kilogrammes
of caviar from the Persian sturgeon.
The CITES Secretariat has not received the required information
from the five Caspian Sea States that would allow it to publish
quotas for wild specimens of the other sturgeon species in this
shared basin. The deadline for the publication of export quotas
for sturgeon products from shared stocks, established by the Conference
of the Parties to CITES, has now long passed. The Secretariat
will therefore not be publishing any more new quotas for the year
2006. In practice, this means that no imports of wild specimens
of these sturgeon stocks should take place in 2006.
In the meantime, at the request of the CITES Standing Committee,
the European Union will host a meeting in June devoted to tackling
illegal trade in caviar. At this meeting, law enforcement agencies
around the world will discuss how to improve their capacities
to detect illegal trade in and sales of caviar.
The quotas for all sturgeon species from shared basins are posted
at here. A
Notification to the Parties on this issue is available here.
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