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Wed 07 Apr 2004
Stricter AVA controls for seahorse trade from 15 May 2004
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Stricter AVA control as seahorses included in CITES from May 15.
By Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia, 07 April 2004.
|'The Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said the trading of seahorses in Singapore would be strictly governed next month. From May 15, any import and export of seahorses will come under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Seahorses are largely in demand by seafood traders, aquarium dealers and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dealers. Last year, 47,700 live seahorses worth about $40,000 were imported for aquaria trade. TCM practioners import some two tonnes of dried seahorses annually worth about $170,000. They are used as an ingredient in products to cure ailments such as asthma, swelling and impotence.
The AVA hopes such measures will help conserve the species.'
Download the news source: Seahorses to be listed under CITES with effect from 15 May 2004. AVA Media release, 07 Apr 2004.