Technical international workshop on marine ornamental fishes

Meeting date
07 - 10 May 2024
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (closed meeting)

This technical workshop is organized in accordance with Decision 19.237 on Marine ornamental fishes adopted by the Conference of the Parties to CITES at its 19th meeting (CoP19, Panama City, November 2022). The workshop will consider the conservation priorities and management needs related to the trade in non-CITES listed marine ornamental fishes worldwide, with a particular focus on data from importing and exporting countries, and will bring together members of the Animals Committee, representatives from range States, exporting, and importing countries, fishery stakeholders, industry representatives and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

More details are available in Notification to the Parties No. 2024/041. The registration deadline has passed and all participants have now been confirmed. No further in-person participants are being accepted, but participants can still participate remotely in the hybrid sessions.

Date and time

The workshop will be held on 7 to 10 May from 09:00 to 17:00. On-site registration for participants will open on 7 May at 08:00.


The workshop will be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland Australia.

Workshop documents

Logistics note


Provisional working programme (Version 8 April 2024)

Background study

International trade in non-CITES listed marine ornamental fish - Updated version of document CoP19 Inf. 99.

Additional submissions


OATA-OFI. Developing an evidence-led species prioritisation framework.


MAPI project - Indonesia

Cefas (UK). Marine ornamental fish trade in the UK.

Baillargeon et al (2024). Identifying Species at Risk in Data-Limited Fisheries: A Comprehensive Productivity-Susceptibility Analysis of the Most Traded Marine Aquarium Fish 

Reference material

Baillargeon et al 2020. Improving the productivity-susceptibility analysis to assess data-limited fisheries.

Biondo and Burki 2019. Monitoring the trade in marine ornamental fishes through the European Trade Control and Export System TRACES: Challenges and possibilities.

Biondo and Burki 2020. A systematic Review of the ornamental fish trade with emphasis on coral reef fishes - an impossible task.

Bonanno et al 2021. The determination of thiocyanate in the blood plasma and holding water of Amphiprion clarkii after exposure to cyanide. PeerJ.

Breen et al 2018. Can excreted thiocyanate be used to detect cyanide exposure in live reef fish? Plos One.

Breen et al 2019. On the half-life of thiocyanate in the plasma of the marine fish Amphiprion ocellaris: implications for cyanide detection. PeerJ

Breen et al. 2023. The half-life of cyanide in the blood of the marine fish, Amphiprion clarkii after cyanide exposure. Cyanide Direct Capture.

Gerson and Remmel 2021. Report on use of the Nature Intelligence System.

Rhyne et al 2012. Revealing the Appetite of the Marine Aquarium Fish Trade: The Volume and Biodiversity of Fish Imported into the United States.

Rhyne et al 2014. Is sustainable exploitation of coral reefs possible? A view from the standpoint of the marine aquarium trade.

Rhyne et al 2017. Expanding our understanding of the trade in marine aquarium animals.

Tlusty 2002. The benefits and risks of aquacultural production for the aquarium trade.

Tlusty et al 2006. Yes fish need to be certified.

Tlusty et al 2023. Real-time automated species level detection of trade document systems to reduce illegal wildlife trade and improve data quality.

Case study

Sustainability of the marine ornamental fishery in Puerto Rico: Ecological aspects.


Monica Biondo