Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative

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International CITES Shark Conference: "Articulation of Experiences and Strategies for Implementing the Inclusion of Species Listed in Appendix II

Date: November 25-27, 2014

Place: Santa Marta, Colombia

More than 60 participants representing 20 countries gathered in Santa Marta, Colombia, from November 25th to 27th to participate in a workshop focused on the implementation of measures regulating the international trade in five shark species that were adopted at the last meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held in Bangkok in 2013.

The workshop, which was hosted by the Government of Colombia with the generous support of the United States and the CITES Secretariat and technical assistance from Pew Charitable Trusts, Humane Society International, Defenders of Wildlife and Conservation International, identified actions needed to monitor and control the trade of CITES-listed shark products; and develop the strategies for making a sustainability finding required under CITES (referred to as a “Non-Detriment Finding”).

Day 1: November 25, 2014


9:30-10:00 a.m.

Introduction and conference opening

Pablo Vieira
Vice-Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Presentation Address

10:00-10:30 a.m.

International trade within the CITES framework associated with customs codes, Traceability, and Non-Detriment Findings

David Morgan
CITES Secretariat

Keynote Address
10:30-11:00 a.m. Snack

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Control in the trade of CITES species by the Law Application Office

Tamesha Woulard
USFWS

Keynote Address

11:30-12:00 p.m.

Presentation

Maximiliano Bello
PEW

Keynote Address

12:00-12:30 p.m.

Presentation

Rebeca Regnery
Humane Society

Alejandra Goyenechea
Defenders of Wildlife

Keynote Address

Keynote Address
12:30-12:35 a.m. Group Photo
12:35-2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Results from CITES Conference in Brazil

Jorge Eduardo Kotas
ICMBio, Brazil

Conference Results

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Results from Guatemala CITES Conference

Gabriela Pineda
OSPESCA

Conference Results

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Results from Germany CITES Conference

Sarah Fowler
Consultant from the German Government

Conference Results

3:30-4:00 p.m.

International Experience – illustration of the traceability process in the fin trade in Ecuador

Mariuxy García
Sub-Secretariat of Fishing Resources, Ecuador

Keynote Address
4:00-4:30 p.m. Snack

4:30-5:00 p.m.

International Experience – illustration of trade and customs codes in Colombia

Heins Bent
MADS

Keynote Address

5:00-5:30 p.m.

Status of the shark fin trade in Hong Kong

Stan Shea
Bloom Association

Keynote Address

5:30-6:00 p.m.

Close first day

Carlos Polo
AUNAP
Closing and introduction of activities for second day

Day 2: November 26, 2014











8:30-10:00 a.m.

Shark Fin Identification Workshop

Group 1: Customs Authorities, CAR, and Police

Regimes and Advances in Application Workshop Group 2: Non-Detriment Findings for Sharks. Coordinated by CITES Scientific Authorities and Fishing Authorities

PEW, Humane Society-Defenders Of Wildlife, ASOCARS, and MADS

Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, AUNAP, and INVEMAR
Forming work teams and carrying out activities for the evaluation of population status, definition of strategies regarding international shark trade, and creation of Non-Detriment Findings

Questions for the Working Groups

Management Measures Positive NDF with Conditions Further Measures
10:30-11:00 a.m. Snack Regional Shark Identification Guides










11:00-12:30 p.m.

Continuation
Shark Fin Identification Workshop

Group 1: Customs Authorities, CAR

Regimes and Advances in Application Workshop Group 2: Non-Detriment Findings for Sharks. Coordinated by CITES Scientific Authorities and Fishing Authorities

PEW, Humane Society-Defenders Of Wildlife, ASOCARS, and MADS

Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, AUNAP, and INVEMAR


Report on Regional needs for Implementation of the CITES Shark Listings & Next steps
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch










2:00-4:00 p.m.

Continuation
Shark Fin Identification Workshop

Group 1: Customs Authorities, CAR and Police

Regimes and Advances in Application Workshop Group 2: Non-Detriment Findings for Sharks. Coordinated by CITES Scientific Authorities and Fishing Authorities

PEW, Humane Society-Defenders Of Wildlife, ASOCARS, and MADS

Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, AUNAP, and INVEMAR
10:30-11:00 a.m. Snack
4:00-6:00 p.m. Finalizing the creation of reports from work groups

Day 3: November 27, 2014


8:30-9:15 a.m.

Report Presentation and discussion on Work Group 1: International Shark Trade

Group Representative

9:15-10:00 a.m.

Report Presentation and discussion Work Group 2: Non-Detriment Findings for Sharks

Group Representative
Work Table 2, Central America, Cuba & Mexico Group

Work Table 2, English countries Group

Work Table 2, South America & Venezuela Group
10:00-10:30 a.m. Snack

10:30-12:30 p.m.

Discussion of results and construction of method for traceability of international shark trade

AUNAP, MADS, INVEMAR, Chancellor's Office, PEW, Humane Society, ASOCARS, and MADS
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Presentation of work group results for traceability

AUNAP, MADS,INVEMAR, Chancellor's Office, PEW, Humane Society, ASOCARS, and MADS
Work Table 1, Group 1, Conclusions

Work Table 2, Group 2, Summary & Conclusions

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Final conclusions and considerations regarding the results obtained

MADS and CITES Secretariat
3:30-4:00 p.m. Snack

4:00-4:30 a.m.

Close of workshop

Elizabeth Taylor Jay
Director of Marine and Coastal Affairs MADS

Closing Statement

For further information on this project please contact Richard Huber at rhuber@oas.org.