SEAFDEC organized the Regional Consultation for Development of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Common Position on the Proposed Listing of Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species into the CITES Appendices on 19-20 May 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Attended by the representatives from ASEAN-SEAFDEC Member Countries, namely: Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, as well as senior officers from SEAFDEC Secretariat, Aquaculture Department (AQD), Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (IFRDMD), Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (MFRDMD), and Training Department (TD), the Meeting was mainly aimed at developing the common position of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Member Countries on the proposed listing of commercially-exploited aquatic species into the CITES Appendices. The representative from the Philippines Mr. Edwyn Alesna, was unanimously elected as Chairperson of Regional Consultation, which also discussed the ways and means of seeking cooperation of the ASEAN authorities through the ASEAN mechanism and ASEAN Experts Group on CITES (AEG-CITES), considering that the ASEAN/SEAFDEC Common Position would be the region’s stand on the proposed listing of commercially-exploited aquatic species into the CITES Appendices that would be taken up during the forthcoming CITES CoP17.
The Consultation agreed that the positions of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Member Countries on the proposed listing of commercially-exploited aquatic species into the CITES Appendices that emanate during the Consultation, would be submitted to the SEAFDEC Council ad referendum for consideration. With the consideration of the SEAFDEC Council, the said countries’ positions would then be submitted to the ASEAN through the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi) for consideration and endorsement.