Geneva, 18 May 2001
Tursiops truncatus ponticus (Black Sea bottlenose dolphin)
1. At its 11th meeting (Gigiri, 2000), the Conference of the Parties adopted Decision 11.91, which directs the Animals Committee to:
a) review the issues pertaining to the conservation and trade in Tursiops truncatus ponticus;
b) evaluate the information received by the Secretariat in response to its request under Decision 11.139; and
c) request range States to cooperate with experts to examine the genetics of this population and evaluate its distinctiveness, through the collection and analysis of tissue samples.
2. The Secretariat, in accordance with Decision 11.139, paragraph a), requests that range States of the Black Sea bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus ponticus provide the following information, to assist the Animals Committee in its work:
i) the number of dolphins taken from the wild each year (including age, sex, capture methods and capture mortality);
ii) the number of dolphins exported each year;
iii) the population status, if available;
iv) any non-detriment findings issued by Scientific Authorities for this subspecies; and
v) if available, the number of dolphins killed incidental to fishing operations, if any.
3. Parties that have authorized import of these dolphins are requested to provide details of the imported animals (numbers, sex, holding facilities and mortalities) as required in Decision 11.139 paragraph b).
4. The Secretariat would appreciate it if this information could be submitted to the Secretariat by 15 July 2001 for consideration by the Animals Committee at its 17th meeting (30 July to 3 August 2001) in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
5. It should be recalled that the Conference of the Parties has urged all Parties not to allow any export (or re-export) of live dolphins without evidence from the Management Authority of the country of destination that the animals will be received and maintained in proper facilities [Decision 11.139 paragraph c)].
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