The Regional Workshop on Data Collection Methodology for the Assessment of Shark Stock Status (Bangkok, Thailand, 23-25 October 2013)

The workshop was organized by Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). Approximately 20 people attended the workshop including all SEAFDEC (ASEAN) Member States except for Laos. A CITES Secretariatstaffwas also present as a resourceperson.

The main objective of the workshop was to improve shark data collection and management by sharing information on national updates, piloting in some countries, and regional cooperation – with a focus on landing data. A CITES Secretariat staff made a presentation on the new CITES-listed sharks and manta rays and requirements for implementing the new listings mainly in a scientific aspect (NDFs). 

CITES Secretariat will look for various ways to explore the output from the workshop (i.e. identification materials) in line with enhancing implementation of the new CITES listings. We will also coordinate closely with SEAFDEC to support capacity building programmes and activities to promote the implementation.