Implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Through National Fisheries Legal Frameworks: a Study and a Guide

J.N. Nakamura, B. Kuemlangan

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An increasing number of commercially exploited and managed aquatic species has been listed in the Appendices to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), triggering the attention from the fisheries sector of States on how listing would impact on the management of the relevant fisheries. CITES regulates international trade in certain aquatic species, including those which are, and can be, commercially exploited and which are being managed by the fisheries sector. The fisheries sector legal frameworks will have to recognize and enable the various requirements provided for in CITES, including the making of non-detriment findings and ensuring that there is a designated management authority and scientific authority to take certain decisions in respect of listed commercially exploited and managed aquatic species.

This sourcebook provides clarifications on the relationship of CITES with the fisheries sector and provides guidance on how national fisheries legal frameworks can optimize the implementation of CITES. The realisation of this sourcebook in 2020, designated as a “super year” for nature and biodiversity, represents a timely and useful contribution to fisheries management, by (i) raising awareness of CITES; (ii) enhancing comprehension of the CITES regime and its relationship with the fisheries sector and (iii) where a deliberate decision is made by a country to implement CITES through its national fisheries legal frameworks, providing guidance as to what do it and how to do it.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRome, Italy
Number of pages146
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameFAO Legal Guide
PublisherFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


  • international law
  • international fisheries law
  • endangered species
  • wild fauna
  • fisheries
  • policy and legislation

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