Indonesia Gets Approval For Banggai Progress

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Indonesia gets approval for Banggai progress
17th August 2018

By Sandra Pearce
 
Indonesia has been congratulated on its latest progress report on the conservation and management measures taken to protect its endemic Banggai cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, population.
 
The topic was discussed at the 30th meeting of the CITES Animals Committee in Geneva, Switzerland, held from July 16-21.
 
The South-East Asian country is the only range country for Banggai cardinalfish, and in 2016, the European Union proposed to add the species to CITES Appendix II, which lists species that are not yet threatened with extinction but may become so unless trade is closely controlled. Indonesia then accepted a number of draft decisions and made its first progress report last year.
 
In this latest report, among the measures Indonesia has introduced include the identifying of ‘priority activities’ such as the ‘assessment of the application of wild harvest quota’ and ‘monitoring of inter islands trade/distribution’. In its report, it said: “Efforts to set up Banggai cardinalfish quota for harvest from wild are still underway and need more discussion.”
 
In reponse to the report, the Animals Committee said Indonesia is encouraged to ‘continue its conservation and management measures’ and should report further progress at the 31st meeting in January 2020.
 
On its Facebook page, the Ornamental Fish International said: “In a sense, this means that the saga of the Banggai Cardinalfish in CITES continues…but all information available at the moment indicates that Indonesia is fully capable of managing the habitat and species well. We do not expect to see further listing proposals, which most likely only would be counterproductive to the conservation efforts.”