Non-detriment findings for specimens of Appendix-II species taken from areas beyond national jurisdiction

Meeting date
25 - 26 April 2024
CICG (closed meeting)

This technical workshop is organized in accordance with Decision 19.136 on Non-detriment findings for specimens of Appendix-II species taken from areas beyond national jurisdiction adopted by the Conference of the Parties to CITES at its 19th meeting (CoP19, Panama City, November 2022). The workshop will consider how non-detriment findings (NDFs) might best be achieved for the introduction from the sea of specimens of CITES Appendix II-listed commercially exploited aquatic organisms taken by multiple Parties in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

More details are available in Notification to the Parties No. 2024/025. The registration deadline has passed and all participants have been confirmed. No further participants are being accepted.

Date and time

The workshop will be held on 25-26 April 2024 from 09:00 - 17:00. On-site registration for participants will open on 25 April at 08:00.


The workshop will be held in-person at Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) at Rue de Varembé 17, 1211, Geneva, Switzerland. 

Workshop documents

Logistics note

Provisional working programme (updated 17 April)

Provisional list of participants

Background document (Rev. 1)

Document - Level of trade in CITES-listed species taken from areas beyond national jurisdiction


Presentation on requirements for specimens of Appendix-II species taken from ABNJ

Presentation on CITES NDF guidance for aquatic species (module 5)

Presentation on level of trade from ABNJ

Presentation on the background document

Presentation by New Zealand on Making NDFs for shortfin mako in ABNJ near New Zealand - A migratory species with shared stocks

Presentation by the United States of America on U.S. Approach to Making NDFs for Appendix-II Listed Sharks in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)

Presentation by ICCAT Secretariat on Background and issues germane to sharks (Elasmobranchs) listed on CITES Appendices (ENG, FRA, ESP)

Presentation by IATTC Secretariat on Shark projects: ABNJ and other research

Presentation by DOALOS on the Fish Stocks Agreement and BBNJ Agreement   

In-session documents

Discussion questions



Relevant documents

CoP19 Doc. 43.2 (ENG, FRA, ESP)

Resolution Conf. 14.6 (Rev. CoP16) on Introduction from the sea (ENG, FRA, ESP)

CITES NDF guidance:

  • Module 0 - Introduction and preamble (V1.0)
  • Module 1 - Principles and concepts of NDFs (V1.0)
  • Module 2 - Practical considerations for making NDFs (V1.0)
  • Module 5 - NDFs for aquatic species (V1.0)

Frequently Asked Questions on introduction from the sea provisions in the Convention

Additional resources

Poster: NDFs for CITES-listed shark species harvested in U.S. waters of the Atlantic Ocean

Case study: applying scientific advice from Regional Fishery Bodies to develop a stock-specific NDF template for a CITES-listed shark species taken in ABNJs 


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