18.275 - 18.280 Queen conch (Strombus gigas)

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18.275

Decision directed to: Parties

The range States of Strombus gigas are encouraged to:

a) collaborate to implement the
Regional Queen Conch Fisheries Management and Conservation Plan, and develop national Queen Conch Fisheries Management and Conservation Plans, as appropriate;

b) continue to collect data on weight of
S. gigas by processing grade in order to update and improve the regional conversion factors, and establish or update national conversion factors, taking into account the spatial variability and characteristics of the species;

c) collaborate in developing and implementing joint research programmes at the sub- regional or regional level to support the making of non-detriment findings that take into account all fishing mortality, promote relevant research and capacity-building activities through regional fisheries management entities and mobilize financial resources for data collection;

d) promote and collaborate in developing and implementing public education and awareness programmes regarding the conservation and sustainable use of
S. gigas;

e) continue to collaborate in exploring ways to enhance the traceability of specimens of

S. gigas in international trade, including, but not limited to, catch certificates, labelling systems and the application of genetic techniques, and consider sharing relevant experiences with the Secretariat, Parties and the Standing Committee, as appropriate, in the context of discussions on traceability systems for trade in CITES-listed species;

f) collaborate on combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activity;

g) make available to the Standing Committee, through the Secretariat, information concerning illegal trade in queen conch, including surveillance and enforcement activities, as appropriate; and

h) provide information to the Secretariat on the implementation of paragraphs a) to f) of this Decision to allow it to report at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, in accordance with Decision 18.280, as appropriate.

18.276

Decision directed to: Animals Committee

If requested by range States of S. gigas or the working group on queen conch composed of the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC), the Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (OSPESCA), the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and CITES, the Animals Committee shall provide advice regarding the making of non-detriment findings for trade, and on any other technical matters.

18.277

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

On the basis of reporting by the Secretariat in compliance with Decision 18.275, paragraphs e) and g), the Standing Committee shall review traceability, especially for meat, and enforcement issues concerning international trade in queen conch and make recommendations as appropriate.

18.278

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall continue to collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the CFMC/OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM/CITES working group on queen conch, WECAFC and other relevant international organizations, and, subject to external funding:

a) provide assistance to range States of
S. gigas in order to enhance the capacity of their CITES Management and Scientific Authorities, fisheries authorities and other stakeholders to implement the Regional Queen Conch Fisheries Management and Conservation Plan and national management plans and make scientifically robust non-detriment findings; and

b) provide assistance to range States of
S. gigas on relevant enforcement issues and report new developments in this regard to the Standing Committee, as appropriate.

18.279

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall monitor the development of traceability systems for queen conch and report relevant developments to the Standing Committee, as appropriate.

18.280

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall collate the information provided in accordance with Decision 18.275, paragraph h), and report on the progress in the implementation of these Decisions at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.