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Philippines office/contact not working. Query about Marine Conservation in the Philippines.

I would like to thank your organization for your efforts towards developing marine conservation in the Philippines.

I have been trying to contact your Philippines office, but the email contact page on their website is not working. I would be grateful if you could pass this message to someone in Asia/Philippines, on my behalf.

I had a query, that I hoped you would be able to clarify and/or help me action if that is applicable.

I have seen many adverts on Ebay offering shell and shark products for sale and export internationally. I am not sure which species are maintained on an international endangered status, but I do worry that some endangered species might be targetted and sold via Ebay. Also, I am not aware of what laws the Philippines government has about the export of certain marine species products.

I know that many countries have strict limitations about the export of shells, corals and animal goods (shark teeth etc). Is that the same in the Philippines.

I have seen the adverts (below) currently on Ebay from very active sellers who are offering many hundreds of items on an international basis. I would like to contact Ebay to report these sales, but wanted to be sure of the legal issues - both local and international.

http://shop.ebay.ph/sis.html?_kw=TIGE...

http://cgi.ebay.ph/Fish-Taxidermy-Bab...

http://shop.ebay.ph/tonyshells/m.html...
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I would be grateful of any help or advice you can provide.

Many thanks

Andy Davis
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  • Hi Andy,
    Thanks for taking the time to contact us. If you would like to read more about which cetacean species are most threatened have a look at the following page on our website:

    http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endan...

    or go directly to the IUCN Red List for complete listing

    http://www.iucnredlist.org/

    As for the legality of this sort of trade, it might be best to get in touch with our partner organisation, TRAFFIC, which is the world's largest wildlife trade monitoring programme, and is a joint initiative of WWF and the IUCN, their website details are:

    http://www.traffic.org/

    Here is a direct contact for the WWF-Philippines office who can hopefully be of some assistance to you, though we will get in touch with them about the fault in their contact page as well.

    Gregg YAN
    Information, Education & Communications Officer
    gyan@wwf.org.ph

    I hope this helps. All the best
    Cheryl
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