In March 2013 the 16th Conference of the Parties adopted the inclusion of five new shark species in Appendix II of CITES. As a follow-up in the same year the German Scientific Authority (Fauna) to CITES commissioned a project to develop a method to carry out non-detriment findings (NDFs) for shark species. The resulting report "CITES Non-detriment Findings - Guidance for Shark species" has been initially presented to the 27th Meeting of the Animals Committee in May 2014. This guidance was evaluated and tested by shark and CITES experts during a workshop convened at the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in Bonn/Germany in August 2014. Based on the results of the workshop the initial guidance has been revised and an updated version produced. This revised version has also been translated into Spanish.
The German Scientific Authority to CITES (Fauna) (CITES-Science@bfn.de
) would welcome any comments to the revised version, especially with regard to experiences made when using the guidance to carry out non-detriment findings for specific shark stocks.