Fish and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs): developing a method to identify high risk commercially-exploited aquatic organisms in trade and an analysis of the potential applications of MEAs 2012
This report report was commissioned by JNCC to explore the means by which a strategic overview could be taken of the risks posed to aquatic organisms (fish and invertebrates) by commercial exploitation for international trade. In doing so, it might then be possible to identify those species at greatest potential risk from over-exploitation and for which the application of multi-lateral environmental agreements such as CITES or CMS, as complementary measures to fisheries management, might make a tangible difference to their conservation and sustainable use.
TRAFFIC was contracted to undertake the review, based on an approach developed by an FAO appraisal of the suitability of the CITES criteria for listing commercially exploited aquatic species. That approach suggested that risks faced by aquatic species can be characterised in terms of 'vulnerability, value and violability'. In developing this method, the authors identified a number of practical difficulties in applying the approach taken. As a result, an expert workshop was held to provide peer review of the method and to identify ways in which it might be improved. The outcome of this workshop, with its various recommendations, forms an addendum to this report (available at the end of the report).
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2012·03·01
Sant, G., Goodman, G., Crook, V., Lack, M. & Oldfield, T.E.E. 2012. Fish and Multilateral Environmental Agreements: developing a method to identify high risk commercially-exploited aquatic organisms in trade and an analysis of the potential application of MEAs. JNCC Report No. 453, JNCC, Peterborough.
This report explores the means by which a strategic overview could be taken of the risks posed to aquatic organisms (fish and invertebrates) by commercial exploitation for international trade.
Communications, JNCC publisher
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Metadata date 2020·05·19
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