Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee

for Wildlife and Ecosystem

Conservation and Management

 

 

SHARED SPECIES WORKING TABLE

Summary

 

PARTICIPANTS:

United States

Susan Jewell, FWS (Co-Chair)

Brian Collins, FWS

Carrie Robertson, BCI

Christopher Brand, USGS

Ken Merritt, FWS

Jim Krackowski, FWS

Don Fraser, DFO

Simona Perry, NOAA

Santiago Gonzalez, FWS

Kheryn Klubnikin, Forest Service

Earl Possardt, FWS

Karen Anderson, FWS

Robert Mesta, FWS

Bryan Arroyo, FWS

Luis Rios, NM Game and Fish

Francisco Abarca, AZ Game and Fish

Douglas Krofta, FWS

Jesus Franco, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Kara Gillon, Defenders of Wildlife

Carroll Muffett, Defenders of Wildlife

Angel Montoya, Peregrine Fund

Canada

Ken Corcoran, CWS (Co-Chair)

Patricia Dwyer, CWS

 

Mexico

Mauro Reyna, DGVS (Co-Chair)

Arnulfo Moreno, Instituto Tecnologico de Cd. Victoria

Elvia de la Cruz Robles, INE

 

 

ISSUE: January 2003 mid-year meeting of Shared Species

Action: The Co-chairs recommended endorsement of January 29-30 meeting minutes pending minor corrections.

Assigned to: Susan Jewell, USFWS

Proposed Completion Date: May 23, 2003

 

ISSUE: How Canadian Species at Risk Act affects efforts for shared species

Action: None (information sharing).

 

ISSUE: Cross-border Permit Guidance


Action: The Shared Species Working Table endorses the formation of joint permit guidelines for cross-border species collection and transport between U.S. and Mexico.

Assigned to: Mauro Reyna, Mexico (will review Francisco Abarca’s guidelines)

Proposed Completion Date: Next Trilateral meeting

 

ISSUE: Update on the Sonoran Joint Venture

Recommendation: The Table endorses the continued work of the Sonoran Joint Venture and its projects, which support the mission of the Trilateral.  Such projects include the Mexican spotted owl surveys.

ISSUE: Commission for Environmental Cooperation ‑ Terrestrial and Marine Species of Common Conservation Concern

Recommendation: Continued endorsement of and support for the CEC Grasslands initiative and Marine Species of Common Conservation Concern 

 

TERRESTRIAL SPECIES

 

ISSUE: Sonoran pronghorn B status of border populations and potential recovery needs

Action: Initiate development of guidelines for transboundary transfer of Sonoran pronghorn

Assigned To: Jim Morgart, FWS (pending agreement), Jim DeVos, AGF, Brian Arroyo, FWS; Mexico: TBD

Proposed Completion Date: 120 days (August 2003)

Action: Facilitate permitting of telemetry studies in Sonora and facilitate authorization to increase sample size to 12-15 animals during winter 2003/2004

Assigned to: Jim DeVos/AGF; Rafaela Paredes/IMADES (Sonora)

Proposed Completion Date: 120 days (August 2003)

Action: Facilitate upper management discussion with Mexico for collaborative permitting for wildlife and aircraft for pronghorn surveys and recovery efforts so that wildlife and aircraft permits run concurrently.

Assigned to: Jim DeVos/AGF; Rafaela Paredes/IMADES (Sonora)

Proposed Completion Date: 120 days (August 2003)

Recommendation: That collaborative efforts of biannual surveys for the Sonoran pronghorn be continued, and facilitate permitting of surveys of historic pronghorn habitat in Mexico

Recommendation: Create a working group to design a captive breeding recovery program for Sonoran pronghorn in the U.S. and Mexico

 

ISSUE: Black‑footed ferret B reintroduction into Chihuahua, Mexico

Recommendation: Continued support of tri-national recovery efforts

 

ISSUE: Black‑tailed prairie dog B trilateral recovery efforts

Recommendation: Continued support of tri-national recovery efforts

 

ISSUE: Jaguar B outreach and travel corridors

Action: Recommend the establishment of a workshop to facilitate the exchange of information on jaguar conservation, riparian ecosystem habitat management, and funding opportunities

Assigned to: Francisco Abarca/AGF; Jose Maria Reyes/SEMARNAT

Proposed Completion Date: 90 days to further discuss establishment of workshop and meet at the next Borderland State conference (July 2003)

 

ISSUE: Ocelot B bi-national recovery

Recommendation: That Mexico support bi-national recovery effort, provide a Mexican co-chair for the recovery team, and provide information on status of ocelots in Mexico

Assign to: Jose Maria Reyes/SEMARNAT

 

ISSUE: U.S.‑Mexican border amphibians and reptiles - updates

Recommendation: Continue to support and endorse ongoing bi-national co-operation and projects

 

ISSUE: Star cactus B poaching and conservation

Action: Endorse development of a bi-national plant conservation strategy (such as cactus moth as pilot project)

Assigned to: Brian Arroyo/FWS; Jose Maria Reyes/SEMARNAT

Proposed Completion Date: 180 days to establish meeting on conservation strategy

Action: Canada to undertake analysis of plant species to determine candidates for inclusion in a tri-national plant conservation strategy

Assigned to: Ken Corcoran/CWS

Proposed Completion Date: 180 days (October 2003)

 

ISSUE: Bi-national bat conservation (including Texas Management Plan)

Action: The Table supports the establishment of a bi-national intergovernmental committee for bats and bat conservation.

Assigned to: Mauro Reyna/Mexico and Carrie Robertson/U.S./BCI

Proposed Completion Date: 60 days (June 2003) to establish an outline for the bi-national working group

Action: The Table endorses ongoing collaborative activities of bat conservation in northern Mexico and U.S. border states by BCI, U.S., and Mexican states and institutions; the Table supports facilitation of bat conservation education for Mexican and U.S. governmental agencies and the general public.

Assigned to: Mauro Reyna/Mexico, Carrie Robertson/U.S./BCI

Proposed Completion Date: Ongoing

 

ISSUE: Mexican wolf

Action: Hold meeting to discuss status of captive Mexican wolf population genetics, and discuss possibilities for coordination

Assigned to: Brian Arroyo/FWS; Jose Maria Reyes/SEMARNAT

Proposed Completion Date: 30 days to establish contacts and hold meeting (May 2003)

 

MARINE SPECIES

 

ISSUE: Kemp’s Ridley turtle recovery and the Mexican gillnet law

Recommendation: The gillnet law was suspended. The Table endorses continuing the support of the multi-partnered Kemp=s Ridley recovery project.

ISSUE: Information update on Leatherback/loggerhead turtles in the North Atlantic

No action required

 

ISSUE: Leatherback turtles: identify Mexico representative to work with Department of Fisheries and Oceans and National Marine Fisheries Service

Action: To ensure coverage of critical issues and prevent redundancy in other meetings, the Table endorses a subgroup of the Shared Species Working Table for marine species (including turtles and marine mammals), with sub-chairs to ensure attendance by the appropriate entities to address administrative and policy issues to support field projects.

Assigned to: Sub-chairs will be Don Fraser/Canada/DFO, TBD/U.S., and TBD/Mexico. Earl Possardt/FWS and Simona Perry/NMFS will identify sub-chairs for U.S.; Mauro Reyna/DGVS and Georgita Ruiz Michael/DGVS will identify sub-chairs for Mexico.

Proposed Completion Date: 90 days for U.S. and Mexico to identify sub-chairs; 90 days for sub-chairs to identify primary country and agency contacts (July 2003).  First meeting of subgroup will be at Trilateral 2004.

 

ISSUE: Gray whale mortality: share contingency plans and establish data sharing protocol

Information update (no recommendation or action).

 

ISSUE: Killer whale protection and management tools: ESA, MMPA, SARA (DFO and NMFS)

Information update (no recommendation or action).

 

ISSUE: Request for sharing of updates/outcomes of the Hawksbill protocol meeting

Information update (no recommendation or action).

 

ISSUE: Humpback whale: proposal for collaborative research and technical/information exchange in the North Pacific and North Atlantic (NMFS)

Action: The Table requests Mexico to endorse and participate in a multinational collaborative project to evaluate migration of humpback whales.

Assigned to: Mauro Reyna/Mexico

Proposed Completion Date: 60 Days (June 2003)

 

ISSUE: Conservation of important Hawksbill nesting beaches on the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean

Recommendation: The Table endorses the continued conservation efforts of these important hawksbill nesting beaches.

 

ISSUE: The conservation of the two primary black turtle nesting beaches (Maruata and Colola) in the State of Michoacan

Recommendation: The Table endorses the continued conservation efforts of these critical black turtle nesting beaches.

 

ISSUE: Inter-American Convention for the Protection of Sea Turtles

Recommendation: The Table requests Canada to attend the Inter-American Convention for the Protection of Sea Turtles and to consider the possibility of signing the Convention.