16.141 to 16.148 Regional cooperation on the management of and trade in the queen conch (Strombus gigas)

 

Directed to the range States of Strombus gigas
16.141 Range States of Strombus gigas are encouraged to adopt and, where applicable, move towards implementation of the recommendations made by the Queen Conch Expert Workshop (Miami, United States of America, 22-24 May 2012), as reviewed, amended and validated by the Working Group on Queen Conch of the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC), the Organización del Sector Pesquero y Acuícola del Istmo Centroamericano (OSPESCA, Organization for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus, the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), and expressed in the Declaration of Panama City (25 October 2012).

 

Directed to the range States of Strombus gigas

 

16.142 Range States are encouraged to participate in the development of national, subregional and regional plans for the management and conservation of S. gigas and to share information and collaborate on:
  a)  best practices and guidance for the making of non-detriment findings for trade in S. gigas in compliance with Article IV of the Convention;
  b)  relevant national, subregional and regional legislation; and
  c)  enforcement issues, including illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU).

 

Directed to the range States of Strombus gigas

 

16.143 Range States of S. gigas should:
  a)  in coordination with the Working Group on Queen Conch mentioned in Decision 16.141, develop conversion factors at different levels of processing of S. gigas for standardization of data and reporting instruments on the catch and trade in meat and other products;
  b)  adopt these conversion factors by the end of 2015 and report them to all range States of S. gigas, FAO and the CITES Secretariat; and
  c)  by the end of 2016, apply the agreed conversion factors in their S. gigas fishery management and national, regional and international reporting, and include the degree of processing of S. gigas products in the description field of the export permit.

 

Directed to the range States of Strombus gigas

 

16.144 Range States of S. gigas should collaborate in exploring ways to enhance the traceability of specimens in international trade, including, but not limited to, catch certificates, labelling systems and the application of genetic techniques..

 

Directed to the range States of Strombus gigas

 

16.145 Range States of S. gigas should collaborate in developing and implementing joint research programmes at subregional level to support the making of non-detriment findings and public education programmes.

 

Directed to the range States of Strombus gigas

 

16.146 Range States of S. gigas should provide information to the Secretariat to allow it to report at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in accordance with Decision 16.148.

 

 

Directed to the Secretariat
16.147 The Secretariat shall:
  a)  invite FAO and other relevant international and regional bodies to provide assistance to range States of S. gigas in order to enhance the capacity of their Scientific Authorities to make non-detriment findings, through the provision of training, technical support, the establishment and promotion of best practices and standards, and research support;
  b)  make existing examples of best practices, guidance and other relevant information for the making of non-detriment findings for trade in S. gigas available on the CITES website, and notify Parties accordingly;
  c)  communicate conversion factors and guidance for reporting on trade in S. gigas to the Parties, encouraging them to specify these conversion factors in their annual reports; and
  d)  collaborate with FAO to assist range States and Parties as necessary in applying conversions factors, and in improving harmonization of reporting to CITES and FAO.

 

Directed to the Secretariat

 

16.148 On the basis of information provided in accordance with Decision 16.146, and in consultation with the range States of S. gigas, the Working group on Queen Conch mentioned in Decision 16.141 and FAO, the Secretariat shall report on the progress in the implementation of these Decisions at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.