Outcomes of the South Asian Regional CITES Shark and Ray Implementation Workshop (March 2018)
This Outcomes Document is a result of the CITES Shark and Ray Implementation Workshop hosted by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife and the Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka in March 2018. Representatives from 7 countries across South Asia agreed to these Outcomes at the workshop, recognizing the population declines and vulnerability of shark and ray species and the need for regional cooperation and coordination to protect and sustainably manage shared stocks.
CITES Non-Detriment Findings (NDFs) of Sri Lanka for Hammerhead and Silky Sharks (August 2017 to August 2019)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Non-Detriment Findings (NDFs) are essential for the export of species listed on either Appendix I or II of the Convention. Blue Resources Trust helped coordinate an NDF workshop in Colombo to facilitate the development of two NDFs for the Government of Sri Lanka: one for hammerhead sharks and the other for silky sharks. These documents are valid for a period of two years from August 2017.
Colombo Declaration Regarding CITES Appendix II Shark and Ray Listings Proposed at CoP17 (August 2016)
The Colombo Declaration is a result of the CITES pre-CoP17 workshop hosted by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, and the Department of Wildlife Conservation (CITES Management Authority), in partnership with Blue Resources Trust, which took place on the 29th and 30th of August 2016 in Colombo. Representatives from 9 countries across South Asia agreed to adopt this Declaration at the workshop, recognising the threats faced by sharks, acknowledging the tools available to implement CITES marine listings, and expressing their conviction to adopt the proposed shark and ray species at CITES CoP17 based on the scientific data available documenting their global declines.
Sri Lanka Government Thresher Shark Brochure (July 2016)
Blue Resources Trust assisted Sri Lanka's Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, and the Department of Wildlife Conservation, to produce a brochure containing information pertaining to the proposal submitted by Sri Lanka to list all species of thresher sharks on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17), 2016.