24 Oct '17, 4am

Call for global action on #aquatic wild meat, which is fast becoming a #conservation problem

Call for global action on #aquatic wild meat, which is fast becoming a #conservation problem

Manila, 24 October 2017 - The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) is calling for global action on aquatic wild meat, which is fast becoming a conservation problem on a scale similar to that of terrestrial bushmeat. The harvesting of aquatic mammals, including whales, dolphins and sea cows, and reptiles such as turtles and crocodiles, is the subject of a policy brief developed for CMS Parties. It shows that increasing numbers are hunted for subsistence and traditional uses by coastal communities, or sold in local markets. A changing climate, scarcity of other meat sources, community displacement and dwindling fish stocks due to distant-water fishing fleets have forced many communities into marginal areas, and their reliance on aquatic wild meat has grown. Accordingly, the engagement of local and rural communities is critical to the management of aquatic wild meat harvests...

Full article: http://www.cms.int/en/news/action-aquatic-wild-meat

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