Trade in endangered aquatic species
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Additional information on permits for trade in endangered species can be found on the Canadian Wildlife Service website.
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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sets controls on movement of animal and plant species that are, or may be, threatened due to excessive commercial exploitation.
Any import, export or re-export of CITES - listed species has to be authorized through a permitting system. The permitting requirements for importing or exporting vary depending on which appendix the species is listed on.
CITES export applications for marine species are processed by the Catch Certification Program. Import permit requests and export permit requests for terrestrial species are still processed by Environment Canada.
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