Public Consultation on the Non-Detrimental Findings (NDF) Study for Napoleon Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)
Napoleon wrasse, locally called mameng is listed in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix II. This means that various factors detrimental to the species’ survival like uncontrolled trade may leave an impact on the sustainability of the species’ population.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, with the cooperation and participation of the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute through Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos, Scientist II and OIC- Training Division, conducted a public consultation meeting on the non-detrimental findings (NDF) study on Napoleon wrasse Cheilinus undulatus, on February 28 to March 1, 2018 at Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. The consultation meeting aimed to develop an action plan on mameng’s conservation to sustain this important source of livelihood of the locals and was participated by representatives from the different stakeholders in from LGU- Tawi-tawi, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-ARMM, law enforcers from the Philippine National Police- Maritime and Philippine Coast Guard. The event was also attended by representatives from private sectors composed of local businessmen engaged in the trading of mameng, and the scientific communities such as the academe and other organizations who conducted studies related to the species.
Report from: Training Division