06 Feb 2007
Cape Town, South Africa – South Africa has taken a decisive step towards stemming the illegal harvest and trade of its endemic abalone populations by listing the species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The proposed Appendix III listing, which comes into effect on 3 May 2007, requires all future international trade consignments of South African abalone (Haliotis midae) — more commonly known as perlemoen — to be accompanied by CITES documentation.
Abalones in Australia: here.
More abalones: here.
The genus Haliotis means ‘sea ear’ and includes the inimitable Northern Abalaone.
One critically endangered species of smooth-shelled abalone is making a comeback in certain parts of its range along the California coast. To better understand the extent of black abalone recovery, a collaborative scientific team is turning to archeological sites on the Channel Islands. Their findings suggest that while the recent ecological rebound is encouraging, there’s still work to do before the black abalone should be considered fully recovered: here.