The Sharks MOU Signatories have agreed to create additional synergies and coordinate actions by collaborating with Cooperating Partners to accomplish the shared goal of achieving and maintaining a favorable conservation status for migratory sharks.

Cooperating partners are defined in paragraph 30 of the Sharks MOU as: ‘Non-Range States, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, or other relevant bodies and entities’. 

Cooperating Partners to the Sharks MOU are expected to support the Signatories, Range States, and the Secretariat in meeting the objectives of the Sharks MOU, in particular by helping to:

a) implement the Conservation Plan as established by the Signatories;

b) widely Promote the MOU and its objectives;

c) create synergies and maximize the effectiveness of implementation of the MoU and its associated Conservation Plan;

d) develop conservation programmes, projects, and joint activities;

e) facilitate joint fundraising initiatives; and

f) share information and technical expertise. 

 

Who are the Cooperating Partners to the Sharks MOU 

Humane Society International is one of the only global animal protection organizations working to help all animals—including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals and wildlife—and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. HSI: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty.

Humane Society International Australia (HSI Australia)

 

Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare rescues and protects animals around the world. IFAW's work connects animal welfare and conservation, demonstrating that healthy populations, naturally sustaining habitats and the welfare of individual animals are intertwined. With projects in more than 40 countries, we combine local expertise and leadership with strong international coordination and strategic partnerships to implement solutions that benefit both animals and people.

 

 
The Manta Trust takes a multidisciplinary approach to the worldwide conservation of manta rays and their habitat through robust science and research, while raising awareness and providing education to the general public and community stakeholders alike. A UK Registered Charity, the Trust brings together a number of projects from around the globe,both new and long-standing, including the Republic of Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Indonesia. By conducting long-term, robust studies into manta populations in these locations we aim to build the solid foundations upon which Governments, NGO’s and conservationists can make informed and
effective decisions to ensure the long term survival of these animals and their habitat.
 
 
MarAlliance seeks to reverse the decline in marine wildlife populations, notably of sharks, rays, turtles and large finfish in the coastal and coral reef habitats of several tropical developing countries where population pressures and the need for marine resources are increasing. Our mission is to explore, enable and inspire positive change for threatened marine wildlife, their critical habitats and dependent human communities. We work at the grassroots level with a host of partners including fishers, academia, the NGO community and the private and public sectors with a focus on conducting collaborative basic science with translation of results into management and conservation action and support for relevant science-based policies. 
 

Project AWAREis a global movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet - one dive at a time. Focused on two critical issues of sharks and rays in peril and marine debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers in more than 180 countries to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet. At national, regional and international level, Project AWARE is advocating shark and ray management and conservation actions that heed all available scientific advice for limiting shark and ray catches; fully protecting species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the IUCN; setting precautionary fishing limits (where no advice exists) and ensuring all sharks are landed with fins naturally attached.As a cooperating partner to the CMS Sharks MoU, Project AWARE Foundation - an international NGO with offices in Australia, the UK and the U.S – is committed to conservation of migratory sharks, the spirit of the CMS Sharks MOU, and swift implementation of the Conservation Plan.

 

The Shark Trust was established in 1997 to provide a voice for sharks in the UK. Today, as a well-respected advocate for shark management and protection, the Trust works to safeguard shark and ray populations by advocating for science‐based conservation and sustainably managed fisheries. 

 

Shark Advocates International 

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

 

Becoming Cooperating Partners

At the First Meeting of Signatories to the Sharks MOU which was held in Bonn, Germany,  24-27 September 2012, Humane Society International Australia and Humane Society International USA signed onto the MOU as Cooperating Partners. 

Humane Society International

Humane Society International at MOS1 in 2012  

Seven new Cooperating Partners were accepted (the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Manta Trust, Mar Alliance, Project Aware, Shark Advocates International, the Shark Trust and the Wildlife Conservation Society),six of which signed the MOU at the Second Meeting of the Signatories (MOS2), which was held in Costa Rica, February 2016. There are now nine Cooperating Partners.

                         

 Dr. Akram Darwich, IFAW at MOS2 in 2016                           Amie Brautigam, WCS at MOS2 in 2016

                         

Isabel Ender, Manta Trust at MOS2 in 2016                            Ania Budziak, Project Aware at MOS2 in 2016

                        

Sonja Forham, Shark Advocates International                       Ali Hood, Shark Trust at MOS2 in 2016

 

For information in regards to becoming a Cooperating Partner, please refer to the Terms of Reference for Cooperating Partners or contact the Secretariat.