Question for written answer E-011525/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: Ornamental fish
Not only do a great many UK citizens keep ornamental fish as pets, but any new restrictions enforced on the trade and import of ornamental fish would have a negative impact on the UK economy. Will the Commission commit to ensuing that ornamental fish would be exempt from any future proposals to limit the import of ‘exotic’ or ‘wild’ species into the European Union? Does the Commission have any knowledge of any upcoming proposals that would impact the import and trade of either captive-bred or wild-caught ornamental fish in the United Kingdom? This industry employs more than 10 000 people in the UK and is worth an estimated GBP 400 million each year to the British economy. Does the Commission know of any proposals that would impact the sale, trade or import of ornamental fish in the United Kingdom?
Answer given by Mr Vella
on behalf of the Commission
A number of species of ornamental fish are listed in the Appendices to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and in the Annexes to Council Regulation (EC) No 338/971. As a consequence, international trade in these species is regulated, and imports into the EU are conditional upon meeting the provisions of the above Regulation.
The Commission is currently assessing, together with the EU Member States’ CITES authorities, what species may warrant further consideration in view of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to CITES in the autumn of 2016. The Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) was recently identified by the EU Scientific Review Group as one of these species on the basis of the following report:. The status of this species is currently being assessed with a view to deciding whether any action would need to be taken at the international level to improve the protection and the management of the species.