South & Central America & The Caribbean

Cuba launches shark protection plan

The Cuban government has launched a long-term plan to protect shark populations around its shores.

BBC News

21 October 2015

Cuba forges links with United States to save sharks

Improved diplomatic relations feed a budding environmental partnership.


21 October 2015

Outcomes of the 44th CMS Standing Committee Meeting

Bonn, 21 October 2015 - The 44th Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee (StC) took place on October 14-15, 2015 in Bonn, Germany. It was chaired by Øystein Størkersen of Norway.

21 October 2015

Pilot Study on Giant Manta Ray Populations Launched

Bonn, 19 October 2015 - CMS is launching a pilot study on the connectivity between Giant Manta Ray populations in the Galapagos and coastal Ecuador and Peru in cooperation with the Manta Trust and

19 October 2015

Study: Conservation Priorities for Shark and Ray Species included and proposed for inclusion in Annex 1 to the CMS Sharks MOU

The Sharks MOU has defined general objectives for the conservation and management of species and populations listed in Annex 1 of the MOU, which are further detailed in a global Conservation Plan for migratory Sharks (Annex 3 to the MOU).
18 October 2015

Connectivity between the populations of the Giant Manta Ray in the Galapagos Islands and coastal Ecuador and Peru

Giant Manta Ray populations are under increasing, unsustainable fisheries pressure in response to growing demand for their dried gill plates used as a pseudo-remedy in Chinese medicine. There is growing evidence suggesting that manta populations in regions with targeted fisheries are declining rapidly, and at least one population that was fished to near local extinction has not recovered even after decades of well-enforced conservation and management action.

22 October 2015

Stopping 'fish laundering' - and other ways to protect oceans

Recent new marine preserves are good news in the fight against illegal fishing, a Pew expert tells DW.

13 October 2015

Monarch Butterflies Begin Entering Mexico on Migration

Monarch butterflies have begun entering Mexico on their annual migration from the United States and Canada.

09 October 2015

Encounter With World’s Rarest Ocean Mammal Thrills Scientists

Fewer than 100 vaquitas—an elusive porpoise found only in the Sea of Cortez—are left on Earth.

07 October 2015