Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Trade in Stony Corals: Developement of Sustainable Management Guidelines, Jakarta, Indonesia
NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-OPR-23
Workshop Date: April 9-12, 2001
The International Coral Trade Workshop sessions consisted of a series of background presentations on the trade, individual country reports, and a discussion of factors that need to be considered for a country developing a sustainable management approach for the stony coral trade. The first session included presentations on 1) the global trends in the stony coral trade; 2) environmental concerns and information needs; 3) import controls and port inspection processes in the U.S. ; 5) mariculture alternatives; and 6) certification for best practices proposed by the Marine Aquarium Council. This was followed by country reports, where workshop participants discussed the status of the industry in their country, existing management mechanisms, information gaps and the types of technical and financial assistance they need to develop a science-based management plan. This was followed by presentations on factors that need to be included in a management plan for the coral fishery, best collection practices, and types of monitoring information needed to determine a sustainable quota , to make a non-detriment finding as required by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and to assess impacts associated with harvest.