2016 Global Sciaenidae Conservation Network International Conference

June 27 – 28, 2016

GSCN 2016 Red List Training Course Syllabus

Purpose: Aimed to provide professionals and graduate students a basic understanding of IUCN Red List goals, criteria and its role in local and global species conservation.

Locality: National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Language: English

Lecturers are conducted by IUCN certified Red List Trainers, Dr. Heather

Harwell and Dr. Gina Ralph, and additional invited speakers.

Principal Instructors:

Heather Harwell Christopher Newport University, USA

Gina Ralph, Old Dominion University, USA

Ning Labbish Chao, Taiwan/USA

Locality: National Sun Yat-sen University, College of Marine Sciences

Day 1 (June 27, 8:30 - 17:30)

1. Welcome and Introduction to the training course & workshop

- Workshop objectives. (Chao, Harwell, Ralph)

- Introducing Instructors and speakers.

2. From Raw Data to Red List: Introduction to the IUCN Red List

Assessment Process & Role of the Assessor (Heather Harwell)

- An introduction to the IUCN Red List

- The Red List assessment process and role of the Red List assessor

3. Data Collecting in Practice (Fisheries data for Red List assessment)

- Takeshi Sakai (酒井猛). Fisheries data collection in Japan.

- Chin-Min Ye (葉信明). Applying fisheries data from southwestern Taiwan on Red List.

10:30-11:00 Café Break

4. Key Terms & Concepts used in the Red List Criteria (Gina Ralph)

- Definitions of terms used in the Red List criteria

- Exercise: Terms used in the criteria

5. Regional red list and conservation in practice

- Yvonnes Sadovy Marine fish Red list and conservation in Hong Kong

Question & Discussion

Lunch 12:30-13:30

6. Red List Categories, Data Quality & Uncertainty (Heather Harwell)

- The IUCN Red List Categories

- Data quality and uncertainty

7. Introducing the Summary sheet (Gina Ralph)

- Using summary sheet to give an overview of the Red List criteria.

- Give handout to participants, especially those can only participate one

- Q & A

Café Break 15:30-16:00

8. Regional red list and conservation in practice. (30-40 min each)

- E Zhang (張鶚) Red List of Chinese Freshwater fishes (20 min)

- I-Shiung Chen (陳義雄), Chyng-Shyan Tzeng. (曾晴賢), Kwang-Tsao Shao (邵廣昭) Red List assessment of Freshwater fishes in Taiwan.

Wrap-up, Discussion and Reflections on the first Day

Day 2 (June 28, 8:30-17:30)

9. Red List Criteria – criterion A (Gina Ralph)

- Introduction to the criteria and the summary sheet

- Criterion A: theory and practice

10. Red List Criteria – criterion B (Heather Harwell)

- Criterion B: theory and practice

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

11. Red List Criteria – criteria C, D and E (Gina Ralph)

- Criteria C, D and E: theory and practice

12. Selecting the Final Red List Category (Heather Harwell)

- How to select the final Category & Criteria

Question & Discussion

Lunch 12:00-13:30

13. Using the Red List Criteria for regional Red Lists: How to Add the

Regional Dimension. (Gina /Heather)

- Why regional Red Lists are important

- Using the IUCN Red List Categories & Criteria for regional assessments

14. Assessing species for regional Red Lists: (Chao)

- Brazilian regional assessment as case study

15:00-15:30 Cafe Break

16. Documentation Standards for Red List Assessments & Final Publication (Gina Ralph)

- Importance of having full documentation for Red List assessments

- Submitting to IUCN.

- This is our goal to complete WP Sciaenidae Red List Assessment

17. Special presentations

- Sadovy Yvonne Threats to croakers from the fish maw (swim

bladder) trade.

- Kwang-Tsao Shao (邵廣昭) Biodiversity data base and conservation In


Wrap-up, Discussion and Reflections on the course.

June 29. Travel & Relax:

Workshop participants will travel to National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA), located 80 Km from Kaohsiung, at Kenting National Park, Checheng, Pingtung. We will stop by scenic points and visit Aquarium before check into Hotel in Hengchun township.


June 30 – July 1, 2016

Western Pacific Sciaenidae Red List workshop,

Purpose: The goal of this Sciaenidae RLA regional workshop is to review and update 70 species of Sciaenidae species accessed in previous Red List Assessment Workshop, most were originally made in September 2009 in Manaus, Brazil.

Locality: National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium, Pingtung.

Language: English

Participants: Sciaenidae specialists and student interns & observers.

3.1. Background: Sciaenidae Red List Review Processes: (all drafts post on GSCN website):



Download password: 2016gscnassessment

About 70 species of Sciaenidae are included in this review processes. Two species have not been assessed previously, 67 species have already assessed before and the drafts are ready to be reviewed, including two Critically Endangered (CR), one Endangered (EN), one Vulnerable (VU), 36 Lest Concern (LC) and 26 Date Deficient (DD). We will review the threatened categories (CR, EN, VU) first, then split in two or more groups to review the assessments of 36 LC and 26 DD species. Finally two specie snot assessed can be added.

3.2. Workshop set up.

June 30, 2016


8:30 Opening session (Room 1)

- Workshop objectives, schedule, methodology. (Chao, Heather/Gina)

- IUCN, SSC-Sciaenidae Red List Authority (NL Chao & M Liu)

- Participant introductions

- Divide in two groups based on FAO fishing area (61 & 71+ 81)

9:00 - 10:00 Examples of Red List Assessments review Process (Gina/Heather/Chao). We will pick two species to go through the review on Screen,questions and discussion.

10:10 - 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 - 12:00 WP Sciaenidae RLA review/ We will divide specialists in two


Group 1. Facilitator Gina Ralph: Specialists from Japan, China, Hong Kong,

Vietnam, Taiwan & Philippines. (Room 1)

Group 2. Facilitator Heather Harwell: Specialists from Australia, Indonesia,

Malaysia and Thailand. (Room 2)

12:00 -13:00 Lunch

Continue WP Sciaenidae RLA review in two groups.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break


Continue WP Sciaenidae RLA review in two groups.

17:30 -18:00 Wrap up Day 1 and Check progress and announcement (Room 1)

18:00 Bus Return to Hotel

Free Evening

July 1, 2016


8:30 -10:00 Opening session (Room 1)

Continue WP Sciaenidae RLA review in two groups.

10:10 - 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 - 12:00

Continue WP Sciaenidae RLA review in two groups.

12:00 -13:00 Lunch

13:00 -15:00

Continue WP Sciaenidae RLA review in one or join two groups, depend on progress.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:30 (Room 1)

Join groups to wrap up the workshop.

18:00 Bus Return to Hotel

19:00 Going away banquet

July 2, 2016 Option tour