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The twenty-fifth session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) (2003) established the Terms of Reference for an ad hoc expert advisory panel for assessment of listing proposals to CITES concerning commercially exploited aquatic species. The TOR defined the process and composition of a technical panel, which should be established by the FAO Secretariat in advance of each CoP, with the main task to assess proposals from a scientific perspective and in accordance with CITES biological listing criteria. The panel was also responsible for commenting on technical aspects of the proposals in relation to biology, ecology, trade and management issues.

First ad Hoc Expert Advisory Panel

The first ad hoc Advisory Panel, (full report in PDF),met in Rome, Italy, from 13 to 16 July 2004 to consider the following proposals submitted to the CITES Secretariat by Parties to CITES for decision at CoP13 (Bangkok, Thailand in October 2004):

  • 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 report of the Panel (full report in PDF ) was forwarded to the CITES Secretariat and made available to the Parties to CITES in accordance with Article XV of the CITES convention. The recommendations were noted and widely welcomed by CoP13 although they were not consistently adhered to in the final decisions, in which it was agreed to list white sharks (without the constraint of a zero quota), humphead wrasse and Mediterranean date mussel in Appendix II.

Second ad Hoc Expert Advisory Panel

Following the endorsement of the Twenty sixth Session of COFI, the 10th Session of COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade agreed that FAO should convene an ad hoc Expert Panel to assess listing proposals made to the CITES Conference of the Parties at CoP14 and for subsequent meetings of the CoPs. It was also agreed that the Sub Committee should evaluate after each CITES CoP whether the Panel recommendations had been taken into account and, if not, why they had not been.

The second ad hoc Advisory Panel (full report in PDF ) met in Rome, Italy, from 26 to 30 March 2007, hosted by FAO with funding from FAO Regular Programme and the Trust Fund Project "CITES and commercially exploited aquatic species". The Panel considered the following seven proposals submitted to the CITES fourteenth Conference of the Parties (The Hague, 3 - 15 June 2007):

  • CoP14 Prop. 15 . Proposal to include Lamna nasus (porbeagle shark) on CITES Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a).
  • CoP14 Prop. 16 . Proposal to include Squalus acanthias (spiny dogfish) on CITES Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a).
  • CoP14 Prop. 17 . Proposal to include all species of the family Pristidae (sawfishes) in Appendix I of CITES in accordance with Article II paragraph 1
  • CoP14 Prop. 18 . Proposal to include Anguilla anguilla (European eel) on Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a).
  • CoP14 Prop. 19 . Proposal to include Pterapogon kauderni (Banggai cardinalfish) on Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a).
  • CoP14 Prop. 20 . Proposal to include the species of Panulirus argus and P. laevicauda of the Brazilian lobster population on Appendix II of CITES, in accordance with Article II paragraphs2(a) and 2(b).
  • CoP14 Prop. 21 . Proposal to include all species in the genus Corallium (red/pink corals) in Appendix II of CITES in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a).

Third Expert Advisory Panel

The third Expert Advisory Panel (full report in PDF) met in Rome, Italy, from 7 to 12 December 2009, to consider the following six proposals submitted to the CITES fifteenth Conference of the Parties (Doha (Qatar), 13-25 March 2010):

  • CoP15 Prop. 15 . Proposal to include Sphyrna lewini (scalloped hammerhead) in Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a), and to include Sphyrna mokarran (great hammerhead), Sphyrna zygaena (smooth hammerhead), Carcharhinus plumbeus (sandbar shark), and Carcharhinus obscurus (dusky shark) in Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(b).
  • CoP15 Prop. 16. Proposal to include Carcharhinus longimanus (Oceanic whitetip shark) in Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a).
  • CoP15 Prop. 17. Proposal to include Lamna nasus (porbeagle) in Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraphs 2(a) and (b). 2(b).
  • CoP15 Prop. 18 . Proposal to include Squalus acanthias (spiny dogfish) in Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraphs 2(a) and (b).
  • CoP15 Prop. 19. Proposal to include Thunnus thynnus (Atlantic bluefin tuna) in Appendix I in accordance with Article II paragraph 1.
  • CoP15 Prop. 21 . Proposal to include all species in the family Coralliidae (red and pink corals) in Appendix II of CITES in accordance with Article II paragraphs 2(a) and 2(b).

Fourth Expert Advisory Panel

The fourth Expert Advisory Panel (full report in PDF) met in Rome, Italy, from 3 to 8 December 2012, to consider the following seven proposals submitted to the sixteenth Conference of the Parties to CITES (Bangkok (Thailand), 03-14 March 2013):

  • CoP16 Prop. 42. Proposal to include Carcharhinus longimanus (oceanic whitetip shark) in Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a).
  • CoP16 Prop. 43. Inclusion of Sphyrna lewini in Appendix II in accordance with Article II 2(a) and inclusion of S. mokarran and S. zygaena in Appendix II in accordance with Article II 2(b).
  • CoP16 Prop. 44. Inclusion of Lamna nasus (Bonnaterre, 1788) in Appendix II in accordance with Article II 2(a).
  • CoP16 Prop. 45. Transfer of Pristis microdon from Appendix II to Appendix I of CITES in accordance with Article II, paragraph 1.
  • CoP16 Prop. 46. Inclusion of the genus Manta in Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a)
  • CoP16 Prop. 47. Inclusion of the ceja river stingray (Paratrygon aiereba) in Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a).
  • CoP16 Prop. 48. Inclusion of the freshwater stingrays Potamotrygon motoro and P. schroederi in Appendix II in accordance with Article II paragraph 2(a).
 
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