A ban on the export of marine mammals from Russia comes into force

Rosprirodnadzor 15 September 2021 17:37

On September 20, 2021, a temporary ban on the export from the Russian Federation to non-member states of the Eurasian Economic Union of whales, dolphins and porpoises (Cetacea mammals) caught in Russian internal waters, including marine ones, as well as in the territorial sea, on the continental shelf and in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation comes into force. This ban is established by the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1335 of 16.08.2021 "On the introduction of a temporary ban on the export of whales, dolphins and porpoises from the Russian Federation". 

The ban will be valid for 180 days.

Since a significant number of marine mammals fall under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora of March 3, 1973 (CITES), Rosprirodnadzor notified the CITES Convention Secretariat of the national ban introduced to inform all parties to the Convention.

Earlier, the CITES Secretariat has already introduced a ban (zero quota) for 2021 on the commercial export of Black Sea dolphins (bottlenose dolphins) extracted from the wild.

During the period of the ban, the Russian Federation also plans to submit for consideration by the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission an initiative to introduce a permanent ban on the export of whales, dolphins, porpoises from the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. The relevant proposals received by Rosprirodnadzor were supported by the agency.

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