15th and 16th February, 2006 – a national level workshop held in Jakarta hosted by LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences) and co-organized with T-SEA, assisted by the IUCN-GWSG. The workshop is on Trade dynamics and population status of Napoleon Wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus, in Indonesia and its purpose is to enable a preliminary presentation of trade and UVC data collected (see first bullet above) and to identify remaining data and information gaps (Jakarta meeting objectives).
5th - 7th June, 2006 – regional meeting held in Hong Kong and co-organized by WWF-HK, IUCN-GWSG, AFCD, CITES and TRAFFIC to discuss management options for the Humphead wrasse. In particular, the possibility of adopting a regionally consistent approach, based on the work in Indonesia (see above bullet), to managing this species will be addressed. Attendees should include the CITES Scientific and Management Authorities of key exporting countries in SE Asia, representatives from fishery divisions, FAO and other relevant organizations. (Check June 2006 report)
3rd and 4th June, 2010 – regional meeting held in Bali, Indonesia. Workshop Report entitled: Workshop Report on the Trade of Cheilinus undulatus (Humphead Wrasse / Napoleon Wrasse) & CITES implementation. Powerpoint Presentation (Part I, II, III & IV).
18 September 2012 – As part of the information-gathering on IUU of HHW being conducted by the CITES Secretariat Working Group, a short meeting was held in Jakarta attended by CITES authorities from Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines – the major exporting countries for the species (although exports from the Philippines are technically illegal for any CITES II fish). Recommendations are provided in the “Report of Supplementary Meeting to Inform the Humphead wrasse IUU Working Group September 18th, 2012”. The issue of IUU for HHW is on the agenda for CoP 16 in Bangkok. CoP16 Doc. 62: Humphead wrasse.
Ongoing work on field abundance, IUU and NDF status – currently (2013) Indonesia has an export quota of 1800 fish and Malaysia has a zero export quota. Indonesia is conducting further field work in relation to NDF.
Trade surveys have recently been conducted in Mainland China indicating IUU across borders and the presence of undocumented HHW in retail and wholesale. "Trade of the humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) in mainland China" Min Liu (2013) Xiamen University. WWF has also conducted a trade survey with similar findings.
Field surveys conducted by LIPI, some in collaboration with the IUCN GWSG, initially covered 7 sites selected as baseline studies and used for the FAO NDF work in Indonesia for population abundance. Four of these sites have now been resurveyed with increased densities noted at each site. Most fish are in their juvenile phase but the increase in numbers is extremely encouraging and has occurred in areas where fishing pressure has evidently declined since the original surveys were conducted 4-5 years ago. Reports are forthcoming.