[Coral-List] Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input on Effective Implementation of CITES

Susan_White at fws.gov Susan_White at fws.gov
Thu Jun 21 14:28:33 EDT 2012

Dear Friends in Coral,

The notice below may be of interest to some of you.  Many corals are 
listed on CITES and it is one of the primary tools for international 
import and export of coral species.  Your participation is encouraged!

As it says:  Learn more at:

Susan White 
Monuments Superintendent / Refuge Project Leader
Pacific Reefs National Wildlife Refuge Complex
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
email:  susan_white at fws.gov             ph:  808/792-9560 
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Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
     Baker, Howland, Jarvis, Palmyra Atoll, Kingman Reef, 
     Johnston Atoll, Wake Atoll National Wildlife Refuges
Rose Atoll Marine National Monument
     Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Marianas Trench Marine National Monument
     Marianas Arc of Fire, Mariana Trench National Wildlife Refuges
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Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input on Effective Implementation 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on 
resolutions, decisions, and agenda items affecting the conservation and 
management of internationally protected endangered species being 
considered for submission to the 16th meeting of the Conference of the 
Parties (CoP16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered 
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Resolutions, decisions and agenda items that the Service is considering 
for submittal include a proposal that would make it easier for musicians 
to cross international borders when traveling with their personal 
instruments containing wood and other materials from CITES-listed species; 

a proposal to issue retrospective permits for Appendix I species under 
certain limited circumstances; and a proposal to clarify permit 
requirements related to leopard trophies. 

CITES is an international agreement drafted in 1973 and since then 
ratified by 175 countries (referred to as “Parties”) to protect certain 
wild animals and plants against over-exploitation as a result of 
international trade. Approximately 34,000 species benefit from CITES 

Every two to three years, a meeting of the CoP – the world’s largest and 
most influential meeting on international wildlife trade – is held to 
review, discuss and negotiate changes in the implementation of CITES, 
including changes in protections for certain species. CoP16 is tentatively 

scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, March 3-15, 2013. 

As a Party to CITES, the United States may submit documents on ways to 
improve the effectiveness of the treaty for consideration at a CoP. In our 

Federal Register notice of November 7, 2011, the Service requested 
information and recommendations from the public to aid the United States 
in developing resolutions, decisions, and agenda items to submit for 

The proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda items in today’s Federal 
Register notice cover a broad spectrum of procedural, enforcement, and 
administrative matters related to the implementation of CITES. Each 
recommendation is classified as either “likely,” “undecided,” or “not 
likely,” based on the United States’ tentative position on each issue. 
This notice also provides information on how non-governmental 
organizations based in the United States can attend CoP16 as observers.

Written comments and information concerning this notice can be submitted 
by one of the following methods:
        Federal eRulemaking Portal:  http://www.regulations.gov.  Follow 
the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS–R9–IA–2011– 
        U.S. mail or hand-delivery:  Public Comments Processing, Attn: 
FWS–R9–IA–2011–0087; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, 
VA 22203.

Comments must be received within 60 days, on or before August 20, 2012. 
The Service will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This 
generally means the agency will post any personal information provided 
through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes.

Information for CoP16 Observers
Representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) technically 
qualified in the protection, conservation, or management of wild plants 
and animals may request approval to attend CoP16 as non-voting observers. 
International NGOs may request approval directly from the CITES 
Secretariat.  Observers representing United States NGOs must follow a 
two-step process. First, approval must be obtained from the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority. Once approval is 
granted, a United States NGO must register with the CITES Secretariat at 
least six weeks prior to the opening of CoP16 to participate as an 

A request to participate as an observer should include an explanation of 
technical qualifications of both the organization and the individual 
representative(s) in the protection, conservation, or management of wild 
plants and animals. The request should also include copies of the 
organization’s charter and/or bylaws, and a list of representatives it 
intends to send to CoP16. These requests should be sent to the Division of 

Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax 
Drive, Room 212, Arlington, VA 22203, or via e-mail at: 
managementauthority at fws.gov, or via fax at: 703-358-2298.  For complete 
guidance on how to apply as an observer to CoP16, please refer to the 
Federal Register notice. 

To learn more about the United States preparations for CITES CoP16, visit: 


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