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Marine Debris – CMS/ASCOBANS Points 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.

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

EU scores Pacific protections for Manta and Devil Rays

Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) have taken concrete, groundbreaking steps to conserve Eastern Pacific manta and devil rays, but have failed to reach consensus on proposals to strengthen the region’s ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea) or on bids to curb fishing of hammerhead and Silky Sharks.

08 July 2015

Signing Ceremony at COP11

New Signatories to MOUs and Partnership Agreements Signed

05 November 2014

CMS COP11 Topics Discussed at Preparatory Workshop in Fiji

The UNEP/CMS Secretariat, in conjunction with the Department of Fisheries of Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), successfully completed the regional preparatory workshop for the 11th Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP 11). The workshop took place in Nadi, Fiji on 18-20 August 2014.

28 August 2014