As Dr. Gustav Paulay said... "this is pretty scary and will lead to a
major slowdown in research on sea cucumbers".
I understand the big problems in this matter, but shurely will slow down
(even more) the taxonomy work.
Dr. Francisco A. Solís-Marín
Investigador Titular B de TC.
Colección Nacional de Equinodermos
"Dra. Ma. E. Caso Muñoz"
Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,
> Forum Economic Ministers Meeting - 26 April 2018, Palau
> Cameron Diver, Deputy Director-General of the Pacific Community:
> "Statistics and data are also fundamental as means to inform sustainable
> management of economically important resources. An illustration in coastal
> fisheries is the Sea cucumber/Beche-de-mer fishery in the region which is
> traded internationally. Sea cucumber is the second most valued resource
> in the region after tuna fisheries and helps drive government revenue
> together with rural and community economic development. But it is one of
> the most corrupt fisheries in the region as a result of poor governance
> systems. For example, in MSG countries, we estimate that benefits could be
> as high as US$30 - 45 million per annum, when countries are only making an
> average earning of US$14 million"
> "The improvement of the both the amount and regularity of the income that
> communities can derive from the sea cucumber would be a major win. Given
> the level of corruption and undue interference in the sea cucumber fishery
> it is unfortunately very likely that all sea cucumber species will be
> proposed for listing under Appendix II of the CITES"
> Full speech:
> Kim Friedman
> Senior Fishery Resources Officer
> F602, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
> Marine and Inland Fisheries Branch
> Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
> Vialle delle Terme di Caracalla
> 00153 Rome, Italy
> Tel: +39 06 570 56510
> Skype: kim.j.friedman
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