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
The Dutch Elasmobranch Society/Nederlandse Elasmobranchen Vereniging (NEV) has as its primary purpose: to carry out, facilitate and encourage scientific research sharks and rays and in this way add to the knowledge base necessary for (inter) national policy, management and conservation of cartilaginous fish. The main focus of the association is on the species in Dutch an EU waters (including the Dutch Overseas Countries and municipalities) and the species caught by the Dutch fishing fleet. The organization’s main areas of work include designing, conducting and supervising research on cartilaginous fish; encouraging the sustainable management of cartilaginous fish populations, sustainable fisheries, and protecting marine wildlife and sensitive habitats at both a national and international level; promoting education and awareness on elasmobranch and their environment; advising on shark and ray research, policy and management; and bringing together scientists, policy makers, and conservationists in dialogue and research efforts.
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.
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.
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.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is a leading global conservation organization, with offices in more than 80 countries. Sharks: Restoring the Balance is WWF’s flagship initiative to conserve sharks and rays. Launched in collaboration with TRAFFIC in 2014, the initiative focuses on improving the management of shark and ray fisheries and tourism operations, reducing demand for unsustainable products, and moving the international trade in sharks and rays toward sustainability. The ultimate goal: make continual and measurable contributions to reducing global declines in shark and ray populations.
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 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.