Proceedings of the International Cyanide Detection Testing Workshop
NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-OPR-40
February 6-8, 2008 Orlando, Florida
The International Cyanide Detection Testing Workshop was conceived to identify possible options for reducing the use of cyanide in the capture of coral reef fi shes for the marine aquarium trade and the live reef food fi sh trade. Because the emphasis was on identifying options for cyanide testing in exporting and importing countries, as well as management and enforcement opportunities, participants included forensic chemists with expertise in cyanide testing, as well as government and non-government representatives from the United States and three major exporting countries — Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Attempts were made to involve key experts who either had developed a possible test for cyanide or had implemented cyanide testing on marine fishes, as well as those involved in conservation and education initiatives directed at major stakeholders, including fishermen and other industry representatives and non-government conservation groups.