Sea Horses Given Protected Status by UN Body

Date: 1/12/2003

The tiny sea horse briefly stole the spotlight at a UN meeting in Chile when delegates agreed to protect all 32 species of the sea creature from a lucrative global trade that threatens to drive them to extinction. The decision by the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) does not ban the sea horse trade, but instead forces countries to better monitor and control cross-border business to ensure that it does not pose a risk to their sea horse populations. About 105 countries have sea horses in their waters and 69 are involved in trade. Asian trade alone in sea horses was about 70 tons in 2000, up from 40 tons five years earlier, according to researchers.

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