Report of the Workshop on Deep-sea Species Identification, Rome, 2–4 December 2009

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 947

Report of the Workshop on Deep-sea Species Identification
Rome, 2–4 December 2009






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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
2011


ABSTRACT

FAO.
Report of the Workshop on Deep-sea Species Identification, Rome, 2–4 December 2009.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 947. Rome, FAO. 2011. 209pp.

A Workshop on Deep-sea Species Identification was organized by FAO in Rome, Italy, from 2 to 4 December 2009. The meeting was organized in response to the need for a strategy for the development of appropriate deep-sea species identification tools for fishery purposes, in particular, to address the broadened requirements for reporting on not only target species, but also associated species following recent international developments with respect to fisheries management guidance and biodiversity conservation. The Workshop included an overview of relevant FAO programmes. The overview was followed by presentations and discussions on current knowledge and key issues to be addressed to improve knowledge of vulnerable deep-sea species groups such as chondrichthyes, corals, sponges and other selected deep-sea groups through the development of a database and appropriate identification tools to facilitate reporting on these species groups by fishery operators. Part 1 of the report includes these discussions as well as the conclusions and recommendations agreed upon by participants. Harmonized versions of the three background documents drafted for the Workshop are included in Part 2 of the report.


Table of Contents

Preparation of this document

Abstract

Abbreviations and acronyms

PART 1: REPORT OF THE EXPERT WORKSHOP

 

Background

 

Introduction

 

Relevant FAO Programmes

 

Discussion on chondrichthyes, corals and sponges

 

Discussion on vulnerable deep-sea or bycatch fish species

 

Deep-sea species identification guides for vulnerable species

 

Discussion on ways forward for the development of guides
for vulnerable deep-sea species

 

Conclusions and recommendations

APPENDIXES OF PART 1

 

Appendix 1: List of participants

 

Appendix 2: Agenda

PART 2: EXPERT WORKSHOP BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS

 

Information to assist preparation of a deep-sea species identification guide – sharks, batoids and chimaeras (class Chondrichthyes)
by Peter M. Kyne and Colin A. Simpfendorfer

 

Global list of cold-water corals (order Scleractinia; sub-order Filifera; subclass Octocorallia, order Antipatharia) from waters deeper than 200 m, vulnerable species, and draft recommendations for the production of identification guides
by Marcelo Visentini Kitahara

 

Towards the development of an identification guide for vulnerable deep-sea sponges
by Joana R. Xavier and Rob W.M. van Soest


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