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Message by President, Singapore Marine & Land Products Association

The Singapore Marine and Land Products Association is educating the public on issues relating to shark species that are not-listed in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and listed in CITES Appendix II.

We trade in non-listed species and are guided by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and CITES regulations for species in Appendix II.

As traders, we promote the full utilisation of resources and add value to the supply chain for the benefit of mankind and also sustain the fishery resource as a whole in the process. The truth is, our industry has evolved and made substantial progress in improving traceability of catches following regulations that are now standard practices worldwide.

Scientists have said that over-protection of any predator species is detrimental to the ecosystem and will create an imbalance that will eventually be disastrous in years to come if not corrected.

The key to this is balance and for all species to co-exist together sustainably. Neither over-protection or exploitation is effective to promote sustainability in the long term. We wish the Marshall Cavendish every success in the 2018 publication.

Melvin Foo
Singapore Marine & Land Products Association
(Hai Swee Kow Kong So)