Close to two tonnes of illegal raw ivory tusks in transit in Singapore from Africa was intercepted by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Singapore Customs.
Cebu, Philippines, 22 January 2013, Forty five senior government officials from Coral Triangle countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines agreed to combat trans-boundary illegal fishing activities using new comprehensive guidelines.
The guidelines, developed during a workshop held on January 22-24, 2013 in Cebu, Philippines, address undocumented live fish trading, turtle poaching, switching of flags by a single fishing vessel, territorial incursions, and use of dynamite in blast fishing, among other issues. The government officials agreed to establish a technical team that will steer the implementation of these guidelines over the next year.
Cebu, Philippines, 21 January 2013, 100 regional enforcement officers from 12 provincial and national agencies participated in a Forum on Wildlife and Fishery Intelligence and Investigation. The forum was organized by the Coastal Law Enforcement Alliance in Region 7 (CLEAR7), a regional task force of leading law enforcement agencies implementing coastal, fisheries and wildlife laws in central Philippines.
The task force's forum discussed multi-level collaboration mechanisms and best practices. The US Coral Triangle Initiative Support Program, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Coast Guard, and USAID-funded ARREST Program partners ASEAN-WEN and FREELAND Foundation provided specialized inputs in the development of CLEAR7's upcoming operational activities.
Enforcement activities in Thailand yield rescue of rare otters and various species of protected birds
On January 21, 2013 - CITES Thailand's Wildlife Checkpoint at Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Royal Thai Customs, after inspecting a suspicious luggage believed to carry illegal articles which resembled animals in the xray images, rescued 11 live otters, 6 of which are Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) and the rest being Oriental small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus). The luggage was opened after no one claimed ownership over the luggage.
The otters are considered as rare wildlife and protected In Thailand, thus requiring government permit for export. They were seized following section 27 of Customs Act, B.E. 2469; sections 16 and 17 of Customs Act, B.E. 2482; section 23 of Thailand Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535; and the Animal Epidemics Act, B.E. 2499.
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