INVASIVE SPECIES REGULATION IN
Recently the Environmental Committee of
the European Parliament approved the final draft of the new EU regulation on
Invasive Alien Species. It will most probably be adopted by the plenary of the
Parliament. The new legislation will get into force one year after official
publication of the regulation. You can download a consolidated version here.
There will be a list of Invasive species of concern
to the EU, based on criteria and decided on by a scientific committee. Species
on this list will not be allowed within the European Union, not for import, nor
breeding and production. Present keepers are allowed to keep their animal until
it dies. Traders with stocks of species on the list have two years to sell
their stock. More details later in an article in the OFI Journal.
BIODIVERSITY IN EUROPE
Secretary General participated in a conference
‘Towards a Consolidated Network of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Ecosystems
Services in Europe’. This conference was about establishing a network of
institutions, scientists, and stakeholders to assemble information. All these
parties were present in the meeting. In the past already many attempts have
been made to assemble information, usually short-term projects that ended with
the end of the funding. This is now an attempt to develop a structure to
coordinate all who work in this area, so when questions come up, it is clear
whom to contact for what information. Actually, the meeting was especially
about the organization of such a network, rather than about the actual problems
FVO REPORT ON APPLE SNAILS IN
Recently the Food and
Veterinary Office of the EU, the EU inspection service, audited Spain with
respect to apple snails in the Ebro Delta. As previously reported to you, the
damage to rice fields of the Ebro delta by apple snails was the reason that the
importation of apple snails was prohibited all over Europe. The legislation
also brings obligations for Spain. These obligations were audited.
- apple snails have disappeared from pet shops and import
facilities in Spain;
- no apple snails were found in Spain outside the
- eradication does not entirely take place in all aspects as has
been prescribed by the EU;
- The infestation cannot be entirely eradicated,
The full report can be found here.
HANDS OFF OUR HOBBY CAMPAIGN
Recently Eurogroup for Animals launched a campaign to
have Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sign a manifesto to promote
animals welfare of pets, including a statement of a ban on wild caught pets and
a restriction on the number of exotic species.
Our Colleagues of OATA In the
UK have launched a campaign to address this issue. We call on you to spread
this campaign and to invite the public to do what they ask, in the UK and
elsewhere. This Eurogroup campaign may have a serious effect on the industry in
Europe; perhaps not next year, but for sure on the long term.
FVO MISSION IN MALAYSIA
Mid 2013 the European Food and Veterinary Office
(FVO) conducted a mission to Malaysia to investigate whether Malaysia met the
EU requirements with respect to aquatic plant health. For our industry the main
issue was to see whether Malaysia met the requirements with respect to the
Tobacco whitefly Bemisia tabacci. You can download the report here. We had
hoped for better results.
NEW IMPLEMENTING REGULATION ON CITES SPECIES
Recently the Commission published a new Implementing regulation on
species of wild fauna and flora (578/2013). In this Regulation Europe
implements the recent decisions by the Scientific Review Group on which species
are allowed in from which countries. Changes of relevance to the Ornamental
Aquatic Industry: Tridacna crocea and T. squamosa from Cambodia
are no longer allowed into the EU. You can download the Regulation here.