Coral trade statistics
bbest at usaid.gov
Tue May 2 13:13:48 EDT 2000
Dear Coral-List Colleagues:
On April 24, James Sprouse requested information on the international and
local trade of corals and shells.
I wish to direct his and your attention to a report recently released by
the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, entitled "International Trade in Coral and
Coral Reef Species: The Role of the United States." The report was prepared
by the International Working Group - Trade Subgroup of the Task Force.
The report is available on the web at http://coralreef.gov/wgr.html. The
main body of the report, as well as Appendix I, contains an analysis of trade
statistics for CITES-listed coral reef species (hard corals, giant clams,
Queen conch), as well as information on potential impacts of trade on coral
The Trade Subgroup welcomes any comments or suggestions you may have on the
report. In particular, we welcome any additions or corrections to this draft
report, so that we may continue to improve and update the information it
This trade report was mandated by the U.S. Executive Order (#13089) for the
Protection of Coral Reefs, which charged the U.S. Secretary of State and the
Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development with assessing
and addressing the role of the United States in the international trade of
coral and coral reef species. The analysis, as documented in the trade
report, found that the U.S. is the number one consumer of live coral and
marine fishes for the aquarium trade and of coral skeletons and precious
corals for curios and jewelry. However inadvertently, American consumers of
coral reef products are contributing to stress on coral reef ecosystems
around the world.
The trade report also presents a broad, seven-point strategy for addressing
some of the problems with the trade in coral reef species. The
recommendations were developed following extensive consultations with
stakeholders, industry members, non-governmental organizations, scientists,
international institutions and other governments. The last recommendation
emphasizes the need for new legislation to reduce the adverse impacts of
trade and collection in coral and coral reef species, encourage more
responsible trade, and encourage the conservation and sustainable management
of coral reef ecosystems both domestically and internationally.
If you have any questions/comments regarding the report, please send them
directly to me. If you have specific questions about the trade statistics
for CITES-listed species presented in the report, please contact Andy
Bruckner, who analyzed the trade information, at "andy.bruckner at noaa.gov".
Cheers - Barbara Best
Barbara A. Best, Ph.D.
Marine and Coastal Resource Advisor
USAID/G/ENV Rm 3.8 Tel:202-712-0553
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Fax:202-216-3174
Washington, DC 20523-3800 BBest at USAID.gov
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