PPNEA believes that the implementation of the hunting ban is a necessary measure for the regeneration of wild fauna. A two year moratorium on hunting was approved by the government of Albania in January 2014. PPNEA in the frame of the "Wetland Management and Dalmatian pelican Conservation in the Mediterranean Basin" program has conducted a monitoring of the pelican colony and hunting ban implementation in Divjaka - Karavasta National Park. This monitoring revealed positive results for the Dalmatian pelican population and in general the total number of bird species has increased. However the hunting data shows that during January to March illegal hunters have not disappeared form the area. These data have been shared with the broader public during the press conference organized by PPNEA on 25th of March. Based on the results a public request has been made to extend the hunting ban for at least one more year.
In this TV news spot broadcasted today by Planet TV confirms that widespread illegal hunting occur more frequently and with greater impact on wildlife populations in Albania than previously thought, and if unaddressed could potentially cause a 'conservation crisis.' The report challenges previously held beliefs of the impact of illegal hunting in Albania with new data from our wildlife experts Aleks Trajce and Bledi Hoxha. Illegal hunting and pouching has long been recognized as a severe threat to the protected species and is the major concern for the survival of endangered species like the Blakan lynx.