first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The NGO C4ADS reports that the trade of totoaba swim bladders to feed Asian markets is as much a security issue as a conservation problem.Fishermen and women in the Gulf of California have continued to pursue the critically endangered fish, despite the ban on gillnets, which have also decimated the vaquita porpoise.Vaquita in the wild number fewer than 30 animals, scientists say.C4ADS has published the results of its investigation with evidence of the overlap between totoaba traders and drug traffickers on a new website, and will published their recent report in Spanish. When Samuel “El Sammy” Gallardo Castro was shot and killed on a Mexican beach in 2014, it could have been just another gangland killing of a drug dealer from the notorious Sinaloa cartel. However, local reports point to a struggle over the trade of swim bladders from the totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi), a critically endangered fish that lives in the Gulf of California. Also known as maws, these organs are in high demand in China and Hong Kong for their supposed medicinal properties.One person confessed to the murder, saying that Gallardo owed him more than $1 million from a totoaba load. Other evidence indicated that another narcotics trafficker wanted to supplant Gallardo and assert control of the trade for himself.Gallardo’s demise is one of the case studies chronicled in a recent report by the NGO C4ADS based in Washington, D.C. Mary Utermohlen, a program manager with C4ADS, said it’s easy to see how a shift from drugs to totoaba swim bladders might be enticing.The maw of totoaba on display during a press conference held by Greenpeace East Asia. Photo and caption © Greenpeace / Sudhanshu Malhotra.“If you were a narcotics trafficker and you realized that there was something else that’s more expensive, easier to traffic, easier to hide,” Utermohlen said in an interview. “If you got caught with it, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. People would probably let you off.”The trade in totoaba maw is decimating not only the totoaba, which hadn’t fully recovered from overfishing that peaked in the 1970s by the time fishermen began to target totoaba for their maws in earnest in the early 2010s. The gillnets used to catch totoaba also snag and drown tiny porpoises called vaquita (Phocoena sinus) with ruthless efficiency. Scientists estimate that fewer than 30 survive in the wild.The Mexican government has spent millions of dollars to rid the northern Sea of Cortez of gillnets, crack down on the use of now-illegal gillnets and protect the vaquita. Currently, a team of marine mammal experts is attempting to capture vaquita to house them in sea pens until they’ve neutralized the threat. Investigations by other NGOs have centered on the “destination” side of the trade, Utermohlen said — that is, the shops and markets in Asia that cater to maw-hunting consumers willing to fork over eye-popping sums. One recent report found that a kilogram of totoaba maw could fetch $20,000 in China (about $9,100 per pound).What C4ADS set out to do was look at the problem more “holistically” by including data and information detailing the trade and its destabilizing effects on local fishing communities, Utermohlen said. They’ve also set up a website for the data and other information that they’ve collected, giving other organizations the chance to spot trends that C4ADS may have missed, and are scheduled to release the report in Spanish on Nov. 8.Greenpeace activists investigate the habitat of the endangered vaquita in the upper Gulf of California and locate illegal gillnets, which are contributing to the rapidly declining numbers of vaquita. Photo and caption © Carlos Aguilera / Greenpeace.Their conclusion is that the trafficking of maws is a security problem, not just a conservation one. Initially, Utermohlen said, they didn’t know how much totoaba traders would intersect with the likes of organized crime syndicates in Mexico. But as the team dived into the research, more connections like the one with Samuel Gallardo began to surface. The temptation for drug dealers is clear, even if hard evidence of continuing overlap is more difficult to track down.The value of a16.5-kilogram (36.4-pound) haul of totoaba dried maw seized in 2013 from a trafficker based in Calexico, Mexico, was worth an estimated $361,500, according to the report. That same amount of money would buy 29 kilograms (64 pounds) of cocaine, or more than 4.5 metric tons (nearly 5 tons) of marijuana.A fisherman or woman’s cut can be life-changing, according to C4ADS. Interviews by Greenpeace in 2015 revealed that fishermen and women said they could make $8,000 per kilogram of totoaba bladder. And corrupting officials is an easier task. While everyone is looking out for evidence of drug smuggling, particularly at places like the Mexican border with the U.S., there’s a chance that inspectors might assume a heap of totoaba maw is just legal fish product.So far, penalties seem to be less likely, or at least less severe, than for narcotics, Utermohlen said.Gillnets and boats confiscated by the Mexican Federal Bureau of Environmental Protection in San Felipe, Baja California. Photo and caption © Lein de León Yong / Greenpeace.If officials catch a panga, or fishing boat, with illegally caught totoaba, or smugglers concealing the product in the spare tires of cars or taped to their bodies, they could say that it’s “not as big a deal” as drugs, she added. They might justify their behavior by saying, “It’s OK if I accept a bribe and let this guy go.”That’s one area where Utermohlen and her colleagues advocate increased pressure on the traffickers through enforcement.“What we’d really like to see is, if a panga is discovered with totoaba or totoaba gillnets, that a real investigation follows that up,” she said.But whether that happens remains to be seen. The Elephant Action League (EAL), an NGO that investigates wildlife crimes and recently produced its own report on the totoaba trade, said in a statement on Wednesday that fishermen may once again be able to get permits from the Mexican government to harvest totoaba starting in February.“The totoaba trade must remain illegal in both Mexico and China, and alternative fishing gears must be developed as soon as possible to assist the fisherman with legal fishing and prevent protected species from being caught like the vaquita and other sea life who continue to die trapped in gill nets,” the EAL wrote in the statement.Banner image of Greenpeace activists locating illegal gillnets © Carlos Aguilera / Greenpeace.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Follow John Cannon on Twitter: @johnccannon Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Fish, Fisheries, Gillnets, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Mammals, Oceans, Overfishing, Vaquita, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more