17.190 to 17.193 Precious corals (Order Antipatharia and family Coralliidae)

17.190

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat, subject to external funding, is requested to:
a) issue a notification that invites precious coral range States and relevant Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, on a voluntary basis, to complete a questionnaire/survey (Annex 2 of document CoP17 Com. I. 11) to report data on their precious coral resources (black, red, and pink coral species including species within the order Antipatharia, and family Coralliidae), especially current and historical abundance, biological status, management, and any known harvest for domestic or international trade; and
b) compile range States’ and Regional Fisheries Management Organizations' data into a report for submission to the 29th meeting of the Animals Committee for its consideration.


17.191

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat, subject to external funding, is requested to collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to commission a study by species experts on CITES and non-CITES listed precious coral species (black, red, and pink coral species including species within the order Antipatharia, and family Coralliidae) including:
a) consideration of any responses received to the Notification issued in response to Decision 17.190;
b) compilation of available data and information on the biology, population status, use and trade in each species, as well as identification of gaps in such data and information;
c) comparison of the management and harvest regulation schemes for black and red and pink coral species; and
d) preparation of a report for consideration at the 30th meeting of the Animals Committee, on the conservation status and trade of precious corals, including guidance, if appropriate, on the actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of precious corals.


17.192

Decision directed to: Animals Committee

The Animals Committee is requested to:
a) analyse the outcomes of the precious coral survey and the FAO study and prepare recommendations, as appropriate, on actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable harvest and use of all precious corals in international trade; and
b) report these recommendations to the Standing Committee at its 70th meeting.


17.193

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is requested to consider the information and recommendations of the Animals Committee, made in accordance with Decision 17.192, and make its own recommendations, as appropriate, for communication to the Parties or for consideration at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.