Oceania Regional Workshop: Implementation of CITES CoP16 Shark and Ray Appendix-II Listings

Venue: Wollongong, Australia

Dates: 9-11 December 2013

The Australian and New Zealand Governments hosted and organized a joint workshop with two non-government organizations, TRAFFIC and ANCORS, to progress implementation of the listing of shark species. The workshop was held with a participation of 9 Oceania States and territories, three of which are not Party to CITES (Australia, Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Tonga and Kiribati). A CITES Secretariat staff was present in order to facilitate the event.

It was a meaningful gathering in which common challenges and necessary procedures regarding shark listings were discussed. In an enthusiastic atmosphere, the event was well organized with a series of lectures on Shark identification tools, IFS, NDFs, etc. followed by rich and detailed debate. A practical exercise was provided in order to enhance participants’ understanding on relevance of IFS provisions to CITES operation. A CITES Secretariat staff gave presentation on general context of the shark listings and NDFs.

In line with Decision 16.52, CITES Secretariat plans to develop user friendly capacity-building tools related to IFS issues.  It could make a positive difference for fisheries management of sharks in Oceania region through collaborating with various regional instruments such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Community(SPC) in relation to commercially-exploited aquatic species.

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