INVASIVE SPECIES REGULATION IN EU
Recently the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament approved the final draft of the new EU regulation on Invasive Alien Species. In the upcoming week 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
Last Tuesday your 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 with biodiversity.
FVO REPORT ON APPLE SNAILS IN SPAIN
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 Ebro-delta;
- eradication does not entirely take place in all aspects as has been prescribed by the EU;
- The infestation cannot be entirely eradicated, only limited.
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.
DUTCH POSITIVE LIST FOR MAMMALS
In the Netherlands a
positive list for mammals to be kept as pets has been published. It is a
short list of only 6 species of mammals. Furthermore, there are some 18
species that can be kept as production animals. Another group of 33
species will be allowed under conditions. Conditions to be determined.
It is no longer allowed to keep any other mammal as a pet. At the end of
next year our ministry aims to provide a positive list for reptiles and
amphibians, and for birds. With the present method, this could be the
end of the hobby for many. Ornamental fish are foreseen to be the next
after these groups. The Dutch pet-trade association Dibevo works,
together with the hobby, to prevent that this process will proceed.
SPAIN NOW LARGEST EXPORTER OF ORNAMENTAL FISH?
to FAO statistics Spain has rapidly developed as an ornamental fish
exporting country. In 2011 Spain was placed as first in ornamental fish
export in these statistics. Want to know more?
not listed in CITES appendix II
Two relatively little traded species Paratrygon aiereba and Potamotrygon schroederi, but also one
of the species that is common in the trade, Potamotrygon
motoro, were proposed by Colombia for inclusion in CITES appendix II of CITES.
The argumentation for this proposal was very weak and mainly based on lack of
data. The consequences of a listing would have been a serious increase of cost
and bureaucracy for breeders and exporters. OFI and colleague trade associations
were successful in their efforts against the proposals: they were not adopted.