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Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC26), Joint Meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees and Twentieth Meeting of the Plants Committee (PC20) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

15-20 March 2012, 22-24 March 2012 and 26-30 March 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland and Dublin, Ireland
Highlights for Tuesday, 20 March 2012
On Tuesday, AC26 Participants reconvened for the last day to hear recommendations from working groups and proceed to adopt them. On sturgeon and paddlefish, the Committee agreed to amend the definitions of non-reusable caviar labels and secondary containers and recommended that the Secretariat continue to produce a written report at each AC meeting on related activities. On Sea Cucumbers, the AC recommended that the Secretariat issue a notification to the parties drawing attention to the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Papers arising from the FAO Workshop on Sustainable Use and Management of Sea Cucumber Fisheries.

On CITES-listed corals, the Committee agreed that it is not possible even for an informed non-specialist, with reasonable effort, to distinguish between all the species in the genus without recourse to a specialist taxonomist. On nomenclature, it recommended not add a footnote to Primates spp. clarifying that Homo sapiens are not covered by this higher taxon listing. On sharks, the Committee recommended, inter alia, that the CITES Secretariat contact the top 26 shark fishing member States that did not respond to CITES notifications relating to sharks or to the FAO questionnaire on the status of implementation of the FAO IPOA-Sharks, and encourage a response and make this information publicly available to parties.

Shortly before the closing of the meeting, Ireland welcomed the forthcoming arrival of all the delegates to Dublin for the Joint AC & PC and PC meetings and encouraged other parties to host future CITES meetings. The meeting was gaveled to a close at 6:34.
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Capra Falconeri (Markhor), an Appendix I CITES species, in Zighar, Tajikistan.
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