FAO activities in relation to CITES and commercially exploited aquatic species
Summaries of FAO 2013 Report of the fourth FAO Expert Advisory Panel for the Assessment of Proposals to Amend Appendices I and II of CITES Concerning Commercially-exploited Aquatic SpeciesReport of the Regional Workshop on the Monitoring and Management of Queen Conch, Strombus gigas. Kingston, Jamaica, 1–5 May 2006.Stock assessment approach for the Napoleon fish, Cheilinus undulatus, in Indonesia.
FAO activities in relation to CITES and commercially exploited aquatic speciesRelated documentsSummaries of FAO 2013 Report of the fourth FAO Expert Advisory Panel for the Assessment of Proposals to Amend Appendices I and II of CITES Concerning Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species The fourth FAO 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 3 to 8 December 2012. The Panel 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 expert advisory panel for assessment of proposals to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and to the endorsement of the twenty-sixth session of COFI to convene the Panel for relevant proposals to future CITES Conference of the Parties. documents and articles Report of the Regional Workshop on the Monitoring and Management of Queen Conch, Strombus gigas. Kingston, Jamaica, 1–5 May 2006. This document contains the report of the Regional Workshop on the Monitoring andManagement of Queen Conch, Strombus gigas, held in Kingston, Jamaica, from 1 to 5 May2006. The purpose of the workshop was to assist Caribbean countries in the development ofeffective management plans for queen conch fisheries and, consequently, to improve theircapacity to implement regulations and obligations under the Convention on InternationalTrade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Protocol ConcerningSpecially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) of the regional Convention for the Protectionand Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (CartagenaConvention). The workshop addressed issues related to: policies and legislation; managementobjectives, indicators and reference points; management controls; and enforcement andcompliance. These issues were addressed at the national level, through the preparation ofDraft Fisheries Management Plans ...Stock assessment approach for the Napoleon fish, Cheilinus undulatus, in Indonesia. A stock assessment approach for the Napoleon fish (humphead wrasse), Cheilinus undulatus, ispresented as a tool for determining sustainable catch levels of the species. The model was developedprimarily for application in Indonesia and in collaboration with the Research Center forOceanography, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). The model can be adapted for estimatingsustainable catch levels in other countries, if suitable estimates of reef area and fish densities areavailable. The approach is composed of a population model and a method for estimating stock densitybased on underwater visual surveys, allows for the representation of "grow out" of net-caged animals,a significant part of the trade, includes the ability to account for uncertainty in most of the parametersof the model, and can compute a sustainable catch (and its associated uncertainty) corresponding to auser-specified level of fishing mortality. The resultant model is implemented using Microsoft EXCELand ...Manual for the monitoring and management of queen conch The Caribbean queen conch Strombus gigas is listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). A listing on Appendix II requires that any specimen of the species included in Appendix II can only be exported if a permit has been issued to allow the export. Further, CITES states that export permits should only be issued when the responsible authority has deemed that the export will not be detrimental to the survival of that species. This manual presents guidelines on the requirements for responsible management of the fisheries exploiting queen conch, with particular emphasis on the requirements to comply with the relevant CITES regulations. The manual describes the basic fisheries management cycle which includes: development and interpretation of policy; the need for management controls to regulate fishing activities; data collection and analysis; decision-making; enforcement of and compliance with the management ...An appraisal of the suitability of the CITES criteria for listing commercially-exploited aquatic species. The document reviews the characteristics of exploited aquatic organisms inrelation to the risk that they may become extinct. This includes a review of casehistories of species that have become extinct, or are at high risk, and of regionswhich have suffered loss of biodiversity. Life-history attributes, habitats of aquaticspecies and the characteristics of the fisheries that exploit them are considered.Approaches to assessing risk employed by various groups of experts areconsidered. The contrast between approaches used to assessing risk for terrestrialspecies and those used for aquatic species are highlighted. The document alsocontains an overview of the spectrum of fisheries and ecosystem management andconservation institutions and tools in order to illustrate the overall context in whichthe CITES criteria will have to operate. Finally, the report provides a detailedevaluation of the applicability of the CITES listing criteria, definitions, guidelines,etc. to exploited ...Report of the second Technical Consultation on the Suitability of the CITES Criteria for Listing Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species The Second Technical Consultation on the Suitability of the CITES Criteria for Listing Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species was held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 22 to 25 October 2001. The Consultation reviewed a draft report prepared by the FAO Secretariat entitled "A Background Analysis and Framework for Evaluating the Status of Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species in a CITES Context" and went on to formulate a proposal on revisions of the CITES listing criteria and process for listing. This proposal, for consideration by the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade for formal submission to CITES, was written in the form of specific responses to CITES Notification to the Parties No. 2001/037 of 31 May 2001. The Consultation also emphasized the principle of using the best scientific information available in each proposal for listing. It agreed that the existing process within CITES for scientific evaluation of proposals for listing, transfer and de-listing should be strengthened ...
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)World Conservation TRAFFIC BulletinIUCN Red List of Threatened Species
FAO activities in relation to CITES and commercially exploited aquatic speciesRelated linksConvention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conventions and agreements; webpage World Conservation TRAFFIC Bulletin journals IUCN Red List of Threatened Species international and intergovernmental TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature website
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement among governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
This website intends to provide selected and updated information on the work undertaken by the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department on the main issues raised by the harvesting and trade of commercially exploited aquatic species listed in CITES Appendices.
FAO and CITES have been working closely in order to address some of the technical difficulties of countries in fulfilling the requirements of a CITES listing and in an attempt to reconcile some differences of opinion regarding the role of CITES as a complementary fisheries management tool.
A number of the FAO activities reported in this website have been funded by Regular Programme funds and, since 2005, also by the Japan funded Trust Fund Project on “CITES and commercially-exploited species, including the evaluation of listing proposals”.