The Maldives government has stopped permitting the export of two types of sea cucumbers
The Maldives government has stopped permitting the export of two types of sea cucumbers.
An announcement by the Environment Ministry stated that two types of sea cucumbers are to be included in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in the 18th Conference of the Parties held in this month. The Maldives is a part of the convention.
The species designated as endangered under the convention are Holothuria fuscogilva and Holuthoria nobilis. A period of one year is granted for the implementation of the ban on export. The announcement also read that export of any animal included in the convention’s chapter two should be done so with a CITES permit issued by the nation’s CITES management authority. The permits are issued under a non-detrimental finding (NDF) by the authority that ensures the population of that animal is not depleted beyond endangerment through fishing, hunting and collection.