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COFI - Report of the Nineteenth Session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome, 8-12 April 1991.












FAO Report of the nineteenth session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome, 8-12 April 1991.FAO Fisheries Report. No. 459. Rome, FAO. 1991, 59p.


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    Report of the Expert Consultation on Implementation Issues Associated with Listing Commercially-Exploited Aquatic Species on CITES Appendices. Rome, Italy, 25-28 May 2004 2004
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    The Expert Consultation on Implementation Issues Associated with Listing Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species on CITES Appendices was held at FAO Headquarters from 25 to 28 May 2004. It was held in response to the agreement by the Twenty-fifth Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) that an Expert Consultation should be convened to address the following issues, related to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): „X CITES Article II Fundamental Principles, Paragraph 2(b), the 'look-alike' clause; „X Annex 3 of CITES Resolution Conf. 9.24 Criteria for Amendment of Appendices I and II, which deals with split-listing; and aquaculture issues as a group, noting the inter-relationships in these topics. „X Administrative and monitoring implications of listing and down-listing, including the implications of Annex 4 of Res. Conf. 9.24 for this. It was agreed that this should also include an analysis of the socio-economic im pact of listing on sturgeon, queen conch and a number of hypothetical listing proposals. The meeting was attended by 11 experts from 10 countries, with expertise covering the terms of reference for the Consultation, and by a member of the CITES Secretariat. After extensive discussions, the Consultation agreed on a number of key recommendations. Amongst these were that States needed to improve communication and co-ordination between their national governmental agencies responsible for CITES implementation and those responsible for natural resource management, including fisheries. Attention was drawn to the concern of many FAO members that a sufficiently responsive and flexible mechanism for listing and de-listing is required in CITES. It was suggested that FAO could raise this concern with CITES, taking into consideration the nature of safeguard mechanisms for down-listing commercially-exploited aquatic species and the manner in which they might be applied. The Consultation discussed the approaches used within CITES to assist Customs and others in identifying specimens and species. It raised the need to examine alternative approaches that would effectively address enforcement and identification issues in a manner that would avoid unnecessary listing of look-alike species. Similarly there was examination of the potential problems for fisheries if there was inflexible adherence by CITES Parties to the guidance on split-listing. The nature and implications of CITES pe rmitting procedures for aquaculture systems were examined. The Consultation examined some case studies of commercially-exploited aquatic species that were on a CITES Appendix but these did not provide sufficient information on the costs and benefits of a CITES listing. It was recommended that further work on this was required. The Consultation raised the need for capacity-building to assist States to meet their obligations under CITES. Attention was drawn to the fact that implementation o f the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the associated international plans of action should help to reduce the incidence of listing proposals for commercially-exploited aquatic species.
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    Report of Expert Consultation on Legal issues Related to CITES and Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species. Rome, 22-25 June 2004 2004
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    This document contains the report of the Expert Consultation on Legal Issues Related to CITES and Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species. The Consultation was held in Rome, Italy, from 22 to 25 June 2004 in response to the agreement by the twenty-fifth session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) that an expert consultation should be convened to address the two issues, related to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The issues concerned primarily: (i) applications of the phrase “introduction from the sea” in the definition of trade in article I of the CITES Convention text; and; (ii) an analysis of the legal implications of the existing CITES listing criteria and the CITES Convention itself in relation to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (“the 1982 Convention”) and related international law covering fisheries. A number of working documents, inter alia, two papers prepared by an FAO Legal Consultant, Prof. E. Franckx, se rved as primary sources of references for the work of the Expert Group. While recognizing a divergence of views on the respective roles of the different bodies, the Consultation agreed that it was necessary to look for synergies between FAO, regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) and CITES with complementary mandates with respect to commercially-exploited aquatic species. It further considered it important to look at the general relationship between CITES, the 1982 Convention and rela ted international law covering fisheries before considering the more specific legal implications of the application of CITES in relation to commercially-exploited aquatic species including “introduction from the sea”. For purposes of clarifying the latter phrase it elaborated firstly on the term “introduction” and secondly on the term “from the sea”. While dealing with the legal issues arising from the Criteria and CITES Listing Proposals, the experts acknowledged the potential flexibility of CI TES and considered also the relationship between CITES and the 1982 Convention, the relationship between CITES and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the legal aspects of the Look-Alike and Split-Listing Provisions as well as the relationship between CITES and regional fisheries management organizations. The Expert Consultation agreed on the list of recommendations that draws attention to actions that it considered would lead to improvements in the legal interpretation and implem entation of CITES in relation to commercially-exploited aquatic species. The recommendations emphasize close consultation between FAO and CITES to address the issues and possible actions discussed among the experts. The Expert Consultation invited FAO to consider this list and possible follow-up action where appropriate.
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    COFI - Report of the Seventeenth Session of the Committee on Fisheries. Rome,18-22 May, 1987. 1987
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    The Committee on Fisheries at its Seventeenth Session reviewed the world fisheries situation, the progress in the spiementation of the Strategy for Fisheries Management and Development and the five Programmes of Action approved by the 1984 FAO World Conference on Fisheries Management and Development. It also reviewed actions taken by FAO in the implementation of the World Fisheries Conference's Resolutions concerning specific aspects of fisheries management and development. It agreed on the form ats and periodicity of the progress reports on the implementation of the Strategy and the Programmes of Action to be submitted for consideration at its future sessions.It welcomed the information on trends and future prospects in world fisheries and requested that this information be submitted periodically for its review. The Committee considered the Report of the First Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade held in October 1986 and endorsed the Sub-Committee's recommendations. The Committee discussed the activities and functions of FAO regional fishery bodies and agreed that the item should again be placed on the agenda for its Eighteenth Session. The Committee considered the recommendations of an Expert Consultation on the Technical Specifications for the Marking of Fishing Vessels held in June 1986, and reviewed information received from member countries,regional and international organizations regarding the protection of living resources from entanglement i n fishing nets and debris. The Committee endorsed the strategies and priorities selected by the Director-Generai in the preparation of his Summary Programme of Work and Budget for 1988-89 and supported the Conclusions of the Programme Committee at its Fifty-second Session that the proposals for Major Programme 2.2:Fisheries, responded to the needs of member countries. It unanimously agreed that the Summary Programme of Work and Budget provided a satisfactory basis for the formulation of the full Programme of Work and Budget in fisheries for 1988-89.

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