Information resources from Parties and other stakeholders

Quick links:

NDFs and NDF guidance

Title Submitted by EN ES FR
NDF for 5 CITES Appendix II shark species: Scientific information for NDF development, advice on fisheries management information Australia SA -- --
Shark NDF Guidance Germany SA

NDF Guideline for Aquatic Species

Japan MA -- --
Trade of CITES-listed sharks: Japan's experience on NDFs Japan MA -- --
 NDF Guideline for Manta Rays (Informe AC Not 2015/027 Mantas Spain MA -- --
 NDF for three hammerhead species (Sphyrna lewini, S. mokkaran, S. zygaena) (Not 2015/027) U.S. SA --
 NDF for the porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus) (Not 2015/027) U.S. SA --


General information

Title EN FR ES
 CITES-FAO joint booklet "Implementing CITES listings of sharks and manta rays 2013-2016" (2015)
CITES leaflet "Outcome summary of capacity assessment study conducted in selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to implement the new CITES listings of sharks and manta rays" (2015)  -- --

FAO International training course in fisheries statistics and data collection (FIPS/1091 Circular, Rome) (2015)

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EU-CITES project update: Information documents from the 27th meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC27 Inf.5) and 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC65 Inf.24) (2014)   -- --
Summary of current Regional Fishery Management Organization (RFMO) measures for shark conservation and management [CITES Decision 16.128, paragraph b)]: Draft as at March 2014  (final interactive version to be hosted by FAO) -- --
CITES-FAO joint leaflet "A brief introduction to CITES listings of sharks species" (2013)



CITES-FAO Sharks standard presentations

  Title EN FR ES PT* 
1 FAO, CITES, fisheries and aquaculture  
2 CITES: an introduction  
3 CITES and Sharks and Manta Rays  
4 Newly listed sharks and manta rays: What should Parties do by 14 September 2014 - Sustainability  
5 Newly listed sharks and manta rays: What should Parties do by 14 September 2014 - Traceability  
6  Newly listed sharks and manta rays: What should Parties do by 14 September 2014 - Legality        --
7 CITES Non-Detriment Findings (NDFs) and the Review of Significant Trade  
8  Introduction From the Sea (IFS)  



* Submitted by the Portugal Management Authority.



Title Submitted by EN FR ES Other languages
On board guide for the identification of pelagic sharks and rays for the Western Indian Ocean (2015) FAO (IOC-SmartFish)    
 Traceability study in shark products - SC66 Inf.11 (2015) CITES Secretariat -- -- --
 Traceability systems in the CITES context: A review of experiences, best practices and lessons learned for the traceability of commodities of CITES-listed shark species - SC66 Inf.12 (2015) TRAFFIC/CITES Secretariat -- -- --
Best Practice Guide on Shark and Manta Ray Bycatch in Purse Seine Fisheries (2015)  Spain MA -- -- --
Sharks of the Arabian Seas - An identification guide (2015) IFAW -- -- --
Issues for t-RFMOs in relation to the listing of shark and ray species by CITES with particular reference to the IOTC - IOTC-2014-WPEB10 (12 October 2014)   IOTC -- -- --
Development of a rapid management-risk assessment method for fish species through its applications to sharks - AC27 Doc.22.4 (2014) UK MA --
Development of a rapid management-risk assessment method for Fish species through its application to sharks: Framework and Results - AC27 Inf.6 (2014) UK MA -- -- --
Progress report II of the targeted research on Indian mackerel and sharks and Plan of Action for conservation and management of shark resources (September 2012 to August 2014)  AFRDEC -- -- --
Sharks and rays in Thailand: Summary report, 2004-2014 (2014) AFRDEC -- -- --
Conclusions on the development of an action plan for the implementation of the shark and ray listings under CITES by member range states in the African region - Dakar, Senegal (12-14 August 2014)  (press release) Senegal MA -- -- --
Posters on national shark status in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand - presented at the Bay of Bengal Regional Workshop poster session, Chennai, India (August 2014) CITES Secretariat -- -- --
Shark NDF workshop report, including case studies - Bonn, Germany (20-21 August 2014) Germany SA -- -- --
Permit requirements for several shark species (2014)  Australia SA -- -- --
 Introduction From the Sea (IFS) information sheet* - Arabic, English, French, Portugese and Spanish versions (2013)  - *NOTE: As of July 2015, there are 181 Parties NOAA AR, PT
Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) executive summaries for species of tuna and tuna-like species under IOTC-mandate, and other species impacted by IOTC fisheries: Oceanic whitetip shark and Scalloped hammerhead shark (2013) IOTC   -- -- --
Into the deep: Implementing CITES-measures for commercially valuable  sharks and manta rays (2013) TRAFFIC -- -- --
Visual identification of fins from common elasmobranchs in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean (2013) NOAA -- -- --
"Preparing for implementation" (video, YouTube link) - Presentation given at the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Workshop on Sharks Listed in CITES Appendix II, Recife, Brazil (3-4 December 2013)  OAS -- -- -- --
Sharks: conservation, fishing and international trade (2008) Spain -- -- --



Bibliographic database for CITES-listed sharks and rays 


The online database at provides a comprehensive scientific bibliography on the chondrichthyan fishes: sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras and can be consulted by species. The following links, provided here by kind permission of Jürgen Pollerspöck, lead to descriptions of each species listed in the CITES Appendices, including further links to relevant species entries on Fishbase, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Eschmeyer’s Catalog of Fishes hosted by the California Academy of Sciences website, and a complete list of species-specific references.

Common Name (Link to the
Scalloped hammerhead Sphyrna-lewini
Great hammerhead Sphyrna-mokarran
Oceanic whitetip shark Carcharhinus longimanus
Smooth hammerhead Sphyrna-zygaena
Great white shark Carcharodon-carcharias
Porbeagle Lamna-nasus
Basking Shark Cetorhinus-maximus
Whale Shark Rhincodon-typus
Reef Manta Ray Manta-alfredi
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray Manta-birostris
Dwarf sawfish Pristis-clavata
Common sawfish Pristis-pristis, Pristis microdon
Smalltooth sawfish Pristis-pectinata
Longcomb sawfish Pristis-zijsron
Knifetooth sawfish Anoxypristis-cuspidata