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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

From the 13th CITES CoP: Trade in stony corals

This morning, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention urged interested Parties and other bodies from range and consumer States to collaborate and provide support, to produce practical guides to recognizing corals and coral rock in trade and to make these widely available to Parties through appropriate media. In addition, Parties were urged to seek synergy with other multilateral environmental agreements and initiatives to work for the conservation and sustainable use of coral reef ecosystems.

This was established through the awareness that stony corals (in the orders Scleractinia, Stolonifera, Coenothecalia, Milleporina and Stylasterina)are in international trade as intact specimens for aquaria and as curios. This recognises coral rock, fragments, sand and other coral products as well.

Read resolution Conf. 11.10 (Rev. CoP12)