Ecuador strengthens export control abilities of sharks and their by-products
WWF Ecuador recently held a training workshop on Non-detrimental Findings (NDF) for shark species included in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacities of national technicians to formulate this type of diagnosis required to export certain species of sharks. The workshop was held in Guayaquil and was organized by WWF Ecuador in coordination with the National Fisheries Institute (INP) and the Sub-secretariat of Fisheries Resources (SRP).
Twenty-four technicians belonging to the INP, SRP and national universities participated in the workshop, which was given by Daniel Fernando, a Sri Lankan shark conservationist and international expert on the subject. The knowledge gained should contribute to Ecuador complying with its CITES commitments.
CITES recognizes that cooperation is essential for the protection of certain species of wild fauna and flora against over-exploitation through international trade. In order to be able to export specimens listed in Appendix II of CITES, there must be an assurance that there is no detrimental effect on their conservation status. For this, national scientific authorities must formulate non-detriment findings for the species to be maintained throughout its distribution area under normal conditions.
For more information: Pablo Guerrero, Fisheries Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)