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International Meeting to Protect the World's Sharks Convenes Next Week

The second Meeting of Signatories to the Convention on Migratory Species Sharks MOU will take place in San José, Costa Rica, from 15 to 19 February.

08 February 2016

International Meeting to Conserve the World’s Sharks Taking Place in Costa Rica

The second meeting of the signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks is taking place in San José, Costa Rica from 15 to 19 February. It will be preceded by the first meeting of the Memorandum’s Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of John Carlson of the USA. The MOU is a non-legally binding instrument and was negotiated under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

25 January 2016

First World Ocean Assessment Published by the UN

The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment – also known as the First World Ocean Assessment - has been published by the United Nations. Following a recommendation of the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, that there should be a regular process for the global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, the assessment has been in the making since 2010.

24 January 2016

Marine Debris – CMS and ASCOBANS Point out Some Local Solutions to a Global Problem

Marine debris – litter in our oceans – is a serious threat to wildlife making use of the oceans and beaches. Many animals, including marine mammals, turtles, birds and sharks get entangled in lost or discarded nets and lines or mistakenly ingest plastic bags and pieces of colourful plastic. Much suffering and death are the result.
The good news is, each individual can be part of the solution!

08 December 2015

Capacity-building Workshop on Bycatch Held in Oman

The Secretariat of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) organized a capacity-building workshop in cooperation with the CMS Secretariat.

23 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

Sharks and Rays at CMS COP 11 - What comes next?

Article in the Save our Seas Foundation Magazine - Summer issue 

10 August 2015

Sharks of the Arabian Seas - an identification guide

This guide provides identification keys to 68 species of sharks encountered in the Arabian Seas region, and an additional 14 species of sharks and batoids. These include all shark species whose trade or conservation status is regulated through international instruments as well as the ray and sawfish species known to occur in the region.

06 August 2015

Support for International Conservation of Sharks and Rays in Oceania is Growing as New Zealand Joins the CMS Sharks MOU

Bonn, 13 July 2015 - New Zealand signed the UNEP/CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOU) on 6 July 2015. 

13 July 2015