16.136 (Rev. CoP17) to 16.138 (Rev. CoP17) and 17.182 to 17.185 Sturgeons and paddlefish (Acipenseriformes spp.)

16.136 (Rev. CoP17)

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall:
a) subject to external funding and in consultation with the Animals Committee, organize a study to:
i) provide an overview of molecular, DNA-based and other forensic methods that could assist in identifying the species and populations of Acipenseriformes specimens in trade, determining the origin or age of specimens, and differentiating wild from captive-bred or aquacultured specimens;
ii) review relevant developments in this area, including the availability and reliability of uniform identification systems;
iii) evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods (including practicality, costs, time-efficiency, reliability, technical requirements, etc.); and
iv) formulate relevant guidance for CITES Parties, enforcement agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders;
b) ensure consultation with Parties that authorize trade in specimens of sturgeons and paddlefish, appropriate experts, institutions and organizations, and the private sector in the conduct of the study;
c) make the results of the study available to the Animals Committee for its consideration; and
d) disseminate the recommendations formulated by the Standing Committee pursuant to Decision 16.138 (Rev. CoP17) in a Notification to the Parties.


16.137 (Rev. CoP17)

Decision directed to: Animals Committee

The Animals Committee shall assist the Secretariat in determining the specifications for the study referred to in Decision 16.136 (Rev. CoP17) and monitoring its conduct. It shall review the report of the study, and make recommendations as appropriate for consideration by the Standing Committee.


16.138 (Rev. CoP17)

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall review the study undertaken in accordance with Decision 16.136 (Rev. CoP17) and the recommendations that the Animals Committee formulated in compliance with Decision 16.137 (Rev. CoP17), and make its own recommendations, as appropriate, for communication to Parties concerned or for consideration at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


17.182

Decision directed to: Others

Directed to range States for Acipenseriformes
All Range States of Acipenseriformes are invited to submit data relating to the content of the table contained in Annex 3 of Resolution 12.7 (Rev. CoP17) on Conservation of and trade in sturgeons and paddlefish to the Secretariat to be considered at the next meeting of the Animals Committee.


17.183

Decision directed to: Animals Committee

The Animals Committee shall, based on the information submitted by range states, discuss the content of the table contained in Annex 3 of Resolution 12.7 (Rev. CoP17), including possible amendments, and report to the Standing Committee.


17.184

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall, based on the report of the Animals Committee, propose possible amendments to the table contained in Annex 3 of Resolution 12.7 (Rev. CoP17), as appropriate, to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


17.185

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall, in collaboration with the Animals Committee, discuss the issue of the definition of country of origin of caviar, taking into account the draft definition proposed by the majority of the Standing Committee Working Group on Sturgeons and Paddlefish, which reads: “country of origin of caviar: country in which a registered processing plant harvests roe of Acipenseriformes species to process caviar,” and report to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.