CITES COP19 Side Event. CITES and Fisheries: Partnerships for legal, sustainable and traceable trade in commercially exploited aquatic species

CITES COP19 Side Event. CITES and Fisheries: Partnerships for legal, sustainable and traceable trade in commercially exploited aquatic species
18 November 2022
17:15 - 19:00 hrs. EST. Canal 3 (Plenary/Committee 1), Panama Convention Center
Panama City
, Panama


Over the last decade, CITES Parties have agreed to list an increasing number of commercially exploited and managed aquatic species (e.g., sharks, rays, sea cucumber and queen conch) in Appendix II of the Convention.  The implementation of CITES in the context of fisheries is more vital than ever, to ensure legal, sustainable and traceable ocean trade.

On the international plane, the CITES Secretariat is collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean Countries (OECS) to enhance comprehension of the interrelationship between CITES and fisheries legal regimes and build capacity for CITES-compliant trade. In 2020, FAO and CITES published a Legal Study and Guide entitled Implementing CITES through national fisheries legal frameworks: a study and a guide to provide guidance for CITES Parties in exploring whether their national fisheries legal frameworks can enhance their fisheries management regime while simultaneously contributing to the implementation of CITES.

In the Eastern Caribbean, the joint UNCTAD-OECS-CITES Blue BioTrade project aims to empower small-scale farmers and fishers to trade in queen conch products sustainably. This project has led to the adoption of the first-ever OECS Blue BioTrade Regional Plan of Action for the queen conch value chain in the Eastern Caribbean.

At the national level, deeper links and cooperation between CITES and fisheries authorities are pivotal to the proper implementation of the Convention through national fisheries legal frameworks.  This side event will share guidance, experiences and lessons learned, providing a forum for discussion on adequate CITES implementation in the fisheries sector.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Lench Fevrier, OECS; and Maria Durleva, UNCTAD
21 Nov 2022
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Mauro Gongora, Belize
29 Nov 2022
Nicho Gowep, Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, Papua New Guinea
29 Nov 2022

UNCTAD, CITES, FAO, OECS (with the financial support of the European Union through the Blue BioTrade Project in the Eastern Caribbean)
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UNCTAD-OECS Blue BioTrade Project (Phase 1) is being implemented with the financial support of the OECS and the European Union

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Mr. David Vivas Eugui, Legal Officer 

Ms. Claudia Contreras, Economic Affairs Officer 

Ms. Maria Durleva, Blue BioTrade Project Officer 


Mr. Lench Fevrier, Technical Specialist 


Ms. Rachel Gaughan, Legal Officer  


Mr. Blaise Kuemlangan, Chief Development Law Service

Ms. Julia Naomi Nakamura, Legal Consultant