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Pay-to-Breed Moves 21 Steps Closer

Posted: August 24, 2011, 1:30 p.m., EDT

By John Dawes

The likelihood of paying for the right to breed fish in captivity is moving ever closer. Numerous problems still need to be resolved, but the final decision date is approaching. Eight more countries have signed the Nagoya Protocol, “Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization,” bringing the current total of signatories to 21.

As expected, India was one of the most recent signatories, along with Norway, Japan, Guatemala, Indonesia, South Africa, Switzerland and Tunisia. They joined the 13 countries—Colombia, Yemen, Algeria, Brazil, Mexico, Rwanda, Ecuador, the Central African Republic, the Seychelles, Mali, Sudan, Panama and Peru—that signed up on Feb. 2, 2011.

The Protocol will enter in force 90 days after 50 signatures are obtained, something that is viewed with great optimism by the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) executive secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf. He said the signatures from Japan and India (as presidents of Conference of the Parties 10 and 11, respectively) represented, “a major step toward the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol and a clear demonstration of the partnership embedded in the spirit and letter of this historical treaty.”

Djoghlaf also looked forward to the European Union’s signing of the Nagoya Protocol in the near future.
The EU is in favor of the Protocol, but is delaying signature until the correction procedure to the original text of the French version—and to the true certified copies—is completed. For the same reason, the signature by the 27 member states of the European Union would occur once the correction procedure is completed on June 19, 2011. At the time of writing, this had not happened, but was shortly due.

Once all the necessary signatures are registered, the protocol is expected to come into force by the time the 11th Conference of the Parties to the CBD (CoP 11) is held in India  in fall 2012. As yet, there’s no clear picture of how its implementation will affect the ornamental aquatic industry, but I suspect it most certainly will.

NOTE: The full text of the Nagoya Protocol is available by clicking here.

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