Regional Sharks and Rays CITES Implementation Workshop

Event date: 
2018-08-06 07:00 to 2018-08-07 17:00

introduction -the beginning       schedule      
About conservation of shark and ray sepcies
Aims and objectives
Workshop schedule
Related links



Department of Environmental Affairs is hosting a Regional Sharks and Rays CITES Implementation workshop in collaboration with Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Charitable Trusts is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) committed to assist governments around the world to fully meet their CITES shark requirements and better conserve and sustainably manage shark populations in their territorial waters.


About conservation of shark and ray species

New shark and ray species were added to Appendix II of CITES in 2016 (COP17 in Johannesburg, South Africa) entered into effect in 2017. In order to prioritise where support for FAO Member States can be targeted to assist in the implementation of CITES provisions for management of sharks and rays, FAO reviewed current fishery related information that highlights a range of fishery information by country and region. Detailed reports on the situation of shark and ray fisheries are collated for each country, including summary information on fisheries and trade in sharks and rays, assessment of capacity to implement CITES requirements, governance and institutional arrangements. The results of the prioritisation process and assessment of capacity needs can help guide the future delivery of investment in relation to management and conservation of sharks, in general, and specifically to support implementation of CITES provisions by countries involved in the fisheries and trade in listed species of sharks and rays.


Aims and objectives of the workshop

The main focus of this two-day workshop is to ensure that the Southern African region is equipped with the tools to implement the twenty commercially traded shark and ray species listed on Appendix II of CITES. Given the rising global recognition of the importance of shark conservation and the drastic decline of shark populations seen across many species, the training will strengthen the effort in ensuring that the listed sharks and rays occurring in our region do not suffer further population decline as a result of international trade.


Workshop proceedings and schedule

The workshop will include practical experience on how to visually identify shark fins and Mobula gill plates, which are a critical requirement for environment and fisheries enforcement officials. Global experts will present different options on how to implement CITES listings including topics such as non-detriment findings (NDFs) and an overview of introduction from the sea, among others. South Africa looks forward to a continued working relationship with relevant regional partners to explore both opportunities and benefits towards the conservation of sharks and rays.

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Day 2: 07 August 2018


Day 2 - Activities  

9.00 - 10:30 am

Enforcing CITES for Sharks: Identification of Fins and Gill Plates

Debra Abercrombie (Shark Identification Expert, Abercrombie and Fish)

  • Presentation of fins and hands on opportunity to work supervised with the guide with real shark fins


10:30-10:45 am

Tea break

10:45- 11:45am

NDFs – A Recap of What is Needed

Sarah Fowler (Save Our Seas Foundation)

  • Concepts and terminology
  • Objectives of an NDF
  • Biological information and resources available to make NDFs
  • Quota systems
  • How does this fit with fisheries management measures?
  • Review of Significant Trade (RST)


11:45-12:15 pm

Guidance for Shark Implementation

Rebecca Regnery (Humane Society International)

  • Beyond NDFs- management options if an NDF shows detriment or insufficient data is available to develop one.
  • Other management measures for sharks
  • Examples from the region and worldwide
  • Further details on management measures for sharks and rays that meet CITES requirements
  • Q&A

12:15-1:00 pm

Discussion and Conclusions

1:00 – 2:00 pm



Day 1: 06 August 2018



9:00-9:15 am

Participant Registration

9:15-9:30 am

Official welcome from the Government – DEA Senior Official
Welcome from CITES focal point – Mr. G Popose

9:30-10:15 am

Overview of Listed Shark and Ray Species
Shark science and the need for global conservation - Dr. Mark Bond (Florida International University)
Sharks and CITES: delivering change - Jen Sawada (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
WCS Shark and Ray program - Rebecca Regenery

10:15-10:45 am

Tea break and group photo

10:45-11:15 am

Shifts in the global shark fin trade – Stan Shea  (BLOOM Hong Kong)

11:15-11:45 am


12:00-1:30 pm


1:30-2:15 pm

Shark data and management in place in the region for both these species and sharks more widely  Rhette Bennett (Wildlife Conservation Society) or DAFF

2:15-2:45 pm

Southern Africa Endemic Species and IUCN— Ms. Kat Gledhill (South African Shark Conservancy)

2:45-3:00 pm

Tea Break

3:00-4:00 pm

Role and Responsibilities of the CITES Scientific and Management Authorities
Daniel Kachelreiss (CITES Secretariat) via Skype

The role and responsibilities of CITES SAs and MAs in the implementation of CITES listings

  • Function of the Scientific Authority
  • Function of the Management Authority
  • The role of NDF’s and legal acquisition findings
  • Overview on the need for data and management to continue trade
  • Introduction from the Sea


7:30 pm

Group Dinner— Restaurant TBC
Meet in lobby at 7:00pm


Related links


Related Branch Oceans and Coasts  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora  Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations The Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT) Shark Spotters
Related Branch Oceans and Coasts
 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations
The Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT)
Shark Spotters



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