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SEAFDEC holds Experts Meeting on Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species

CEASSEAFDEC organized the Experts Meeting on Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species on 16-17 May 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Attended by experts 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 aimed at discussing the possible impacts of the proposed inclusion of commercially-exploited aquatic species in the CITES Appendices on the sustainable development of fisheries in the Member Countries of SEAFDEC, and developing technical recommendations on the issues related to conservation and sustainable utilization of those commercially-exploited aquatic species.

The technical and policy recommendations would be used to support the development of common/coordinated position of the SEAFDEC Member Countries on the proposed listing of commercially-exploited aquatic species into the CITES Appendices. As such, these would be used for the development of the ASEAN/SEAFDEC Common Position during the subsequent Regional Consultation for Development of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Common Position on the Proposed Listing of Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species into the CITES Appendices, the results of which would be raised during the next CITES CoP17.