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Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

Directed to the Secretariat and to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
The CITES and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Secretariats are invited to continue and expand their collaboration concerning the conservation of and trade in sharks and rays, in particular by:
a) exploring options for using the existing iSharkFin tool for the identification of dried and skinned shark fins;
b) working with the World Customs Organization to expand customs codes for shark and ray species and product categories;
c) making relevant studies and information relating to the conservation and management of CITES-listed shark species available on the CITES sharks and rays portal;
d) maintaining and improving the database of measures on conservation and management of sharks, with the aim to provide a user-friendly overview of stricter domestic measures adopted by CITES Parties for CITES-listed shark and ray species, the species that are covered in this way, the dates of these measures, and links to the measures, including:
i) Legal protection for CITES-listed shark and ray species;
ii) Zero quotas for CITES-listed shark and ray species;
iii) Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) that have agreed to protect CMS Appendix I species; and
iv) Members of RFMOs with measures that prohibit retention, landing, or trade of CITES-listed species; and
e) continuing to support the development and application of guidance and capacity building tools for making NDFs, in particular for situations where data availability is low, the fishery is mostly artisanal, sharks are caught as bycatch, or where catches concern sharks that are part of shared stocks, and, upon request, supporting Parties with targeted advice to ensure compliance with Article IV for trade in CITES Appendix-II listed sharks and rays.

Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

Recognizing the continued requests from Parties for assistance in implementing Appendix-II shark and ray listings, and the need for further capacity building activities in this regard, the Secretariat shall seek additional funding to address the capacity needs raised at regional implementation meetings (Casablanca, Dakar and Xiamen)* and identified in the course of the 2013-2016 EU-CITES project.
*See Annex 1 of document AC28 Com. 9.

Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

The Secretariat shall:
a) issue a notification, requesting Parties to provide new information on their shark and ray conservation and management activities, including legislation, and make the responses available to the Animals Committee for its consideration; and
b) provide a summary of information in the CITES trade database on trade in CITES-listed sharks and rays since 2000 for consideration by the Animals Committee.

Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

The Secretariat shall:
a) make guidance materials available for the identification of CITES-listed sharks and rays, including fins and other products and derivatives, on the CITES Sharks and Rays Portal, and the sharing of genetic testing protocols and other forensic approaches; and
b) remind Parties that CITES-listed Elasmobranchii occur in small scale fisheries and that NDFs will need to be made if the products of these fisheries enter international trade, and draw their attention in this regard to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s Voluntary Guidelines on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines), which offer principles and guidance for small-scale fisheries governance and development.

Malagasy ebonies (Diospyros spp.) and palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.)

Malagasy ebonies (Diospyros spp.) and palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.)

The Secretariat shall:
a) assist Madagascar, relevant Parties, and the Standing and Plants Committees in the implementation of Decisions 17.203 to 17.207;
b) subject to available funding, assist with relevant capacity-building activities in Madagascar and transit and destination countries concerned by the trade in specimens of Diospyros spp. and Dalbergia spp. from Madagascar, including through international capacity building workshops; and
c) provide written reports on progress with the implementation of this Decision to the Plants Committee and the Standing Committee, as appropriate.

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

The Secretariat shall report on the implementation of the decisions on humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) at the 69th or 70th meeting of the Standing Committee.

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

Subject to external funds, the Secretariat shall collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in undertaking an FAO project to support Indonesia in achieving sustainable management of, and trade in humphead wrasse, and shall cooperate with FAO to report on the progress and outcomes of this project to the Standing Committee.

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

Subject to external funding, the Secretariat, in cooperation with agarwood range States and the Plants Committee, shall organize a regional workshop to: continue the work of the Asian Regional Workshop on the Management of Wild and Planted Agarwood Taxa, hosted by the Government of India in Guwahati, Assam, India, from 19 to 23 January 2015 with an emphasis on how range States can cooperate to ensure the long-term survival of agarwood-producing species in the wild through agarwood plantation programmes that integrate forest recovery programmes; and strengthen the agarwood network for sharing information on planting stocks, management, technologies, harvest and trade.

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

Range, transit, consumer, and producer Parties of agarwood products are invited to compile and publish identification manuals on agarwood products, taking into consideration the updated version of the Glossary provided in the Annex to document PC22 Doc.17.5.3, and any further updated version, if appropriate. They are encouraged to distribute these identification manuals as training material to management and enforcement officials.

Precious corals (Order Antipatharia and family Coralliidae)

Precious corals (Order Antipatharia and family Coralliidae)

The Secretariat, subject to external funding, is requested to collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to commission a study by species experts on CITES and non-CITES listed precious coral species (black, red, and pink coral species including species within the order Antipatharia, and family Coralliidae) including:
a) consideration of any responses received to the Notification issued in response to Decision 17.190;
b) compilation of available data and information on the biology, population status, use and trade in each species, as well as identification of gaps in such data and information;
c) comparison of the management and harvest regulation schemes for black and red and pink coral species; and
d) preparation of a report for consideration at the 30th meeting of the Animals Committee, on the conservation status and trade of precious corals, including guidance, if appropriate, on the actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of precious corals.

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