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New Zealand signs migratory shark protection agreement
New Zealand has signed up to an international agreement to help protect migratory sharks.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have signed the memorandum of understanding on the conservation of migratory sharks, which will help save seven species vulnerable to exploitation.
"This international memorandum is the first global instrument of its kind, and we join 38 other countries in becoming a signatory," Mr Guy said.
The species concerned are basking shark, great white, longfin mako, porbeagle, shortfin mako, spiny dogfish and whale shark.
Story at www.3news.co.nz/nznews/new-zealand-signs-shark-protection-agreement-2015070705
#NewZealand #sharks #fishing
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13 hours ago ·
Thailand seizes ivory headed from Congo to Laos in crates marked ‘marble’
Thai customs officials said Monday they seized 250kg (550lbs) of ivory — or about 130 tusks and pieces — hidden in crates being shipped from Africa to Asia.
The haul was headed from Congo to Laos and transited through several countries in between, said the deputy director-general of Thailand’s Customs Department, Chamroen Photiyod. He said Thai authorities received a tip-off and began tracking the shipment when it left Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia ...
This is the 11th ivory seizure the Thai Customs Department has made this year.
Thailand is a major transit hub and destination for smuggled tusks, which are often carved into tourist trinkets and ornaments.
Full story at www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/thai-authorities-seize-illegal-ivory-at-airport/2015/07...
#Thailand #Congo #Laos #Africa #elephants #ivory
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14 hours ago ·
Cambodia: Confiscated chainsaws delivered to forest agency by monks protesting illegal logging
Activist monks hand-delivered five chainsaws confiscated by community activists to the Forestry Administration in Phnom Penh on Monday as part of a protest of illegal logging in the Prey Lang forest.
About one hundred monks took to the streets in opposition of the ongoing destruction of the northern forest, which spans hundreds of thousands of hectares across five provinces and serves as a vital watershed to the Tonle Sap river system.
Venerable Heng Raksmey, a representative of Sre Veal village in Preah Vihear province, said massive logging of the forest in his community continued unabated almost every day.
“Because of the logging of the forest without the rule of law, our weather has changed so much lately - like having strong storms, and then in the rainy season, no rain,” he said.
Joining the community activists were members of the Independent Monks Network for Social Justice, whose leader Venerable But Buntenh has been singled out by Prime Minister Hun Sen recently as a voice of dissent who should join the opposition in the much-heralded “culture of dialogue”.
... Thousands of hectares of land in Prey Lang has been granted as economic land concessions to private companies, many of which have been accused of conducting illegal logging.
Full story at www.phnompenhpost.com/national/confiscated-chainsaws-dropped-fas-doorstop
#Cambodia #forests #illegallogging #monks
Image: Demonstrators delivered five chainsaws confiscated from companies allegedly engaged in illegal logging to the offices of the Forestry Administration (c) Tat Oudom ... See MoreSee Less
14 hours ago ·