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DOC Designates Fish Species Segment as Threatened but Imposes No Trade Restrictions

Monday, April 04, 2016
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The Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule that, effective April 28, will list the Tanzanian distinct population segment of African coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. However, NMFS is not imposing protective regulations on trade in this fish at this time because (a) commercial trade, including import and export, of the African coelacanth is already prohibited as a result of an Appendix I listing under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna and (b) there is no evidence to suggest that this species is at risk due to illegal trade.

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