FAO Fisheries Report No. 748

FAO Fisheries Report No. 748

FIRM/R748 (En)

Report of the

FAO AD HOC EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSALS TO AMEND APPENDICES I AND II OF CITES CONCERNING COMMERCIALLY-EXPLOITED AQUATIC SPECIES

Rome, 13-16 July 2004


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2004

 

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Report of the FAO Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Panel for the Assessment of Proposals to Amend Appendices I and II of CITES Concerning Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species. Rome, 13-16 July 2004.

FAO Fisheries Report. No. 748. Rome, FAO. 2004. 51 p.

ABSTRACT

The FAO Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Panel for the Assessment of Proposals to Amend Appendices I and II of CITES Concerning Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species was held at FAO headquarters from 13 to 16 July 2004. It was convened in response to the agreement by the twenty-fifth session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) on the terms of reference for an ad hoc expert advisory panel for assessment of proposals to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the agreement at the ninth Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (Bremen, Germany, February 2004) that FAO should convene such a panel to review any proposals to the thirteenth Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP-13) for listing or delisting commercially-exploited species in time to be considered at that meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

The task of the Panel was to:

- assess each proposal from a scientific perspective in accordance with the CITES biological listing criteria, taking account of the recommendations on the criteria made to CITES by FAO;

- comment, as appropriate, on technical aspects of the proposal in relation to biology, ecology, trade and management issues, as well as, to the extent possible, the likely effectiveness for conservation.

The Panel considered the following four proposals

  • CoP13 Prop. 32. Proposal to include Carcharodon carcharias (white shark) on CITES Appendix II, including an annotation that states that a zero annual export quota is established for this species.
  • CoP13 Prop. 33. Proposal to include Cheilinus undulatus (humphead wrasse) in Appendix II in accordance with Article II, paragraph 2(a) of the Convention.
  • CoP13 Prop. 35. Proposal to include Lithophaga lithophaga (Mediterranean date mussel) in Appendix II
  • CoP13 Prop. 36. Proposal for an amendment of the annotation for Helioporidae spp., Tubiporidae spp., Scleractinia spp., Milleporidae spp. and Stylasteridae spp.

The Panel's assessment of each of the four proposals is provided.

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CONTENTS

PREPARATION OF THIS DOCUMENT

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE EXPERT CONSULTATION

THE PANEL MEETING

OUTCOME OF THE MEETING

Evaluation of the proposals
General comments and observations

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT

APPENDIXES

APPENDIX A. Agenda
APPENDIX B. List of participants
APPENDIX C. Welcome speech by Mr Ichiro Nomura, Assistant Director-General, FAO Fisheries Department
APPENDIX D. Terms of reference for the Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Panel for Assessment of Proposals to CITES
APPENDIX E. FAO Ad Hoc Expert advisory Panel assessment report: white shark
APPENDIX F. FAO Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Panel assessment report: humphead wrasse
APPENDIX G. FAO Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Panel assessment report: Mediterranean date mussel
APPENDIX H. FAO Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Panel assessment report: corals

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