Africa

2016/026: New Signatory to the Sharks MOU

The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in its capacity as Depositary of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migrator

04 October 2016

CITES COP17 – Implications for CMS

The discussions at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which began on 24 September in Johannesburg are of great relevance to CMS. CMS and CITES are the two major species-based global Conventions. CMS and CITES have around 500 species in common. Of the 183 countries that are Party to CITES, 123 are also members of CMS.

23 September 2016

Madagascar: On the hunt for sharks

As fisheries collapse due to overfishing and climate change, Madagascar fishermen migrate further out to find fish.

08 June 2016

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

Migratory sharks in the Gulf of Gabès: by-catch, ecology and critical habitats

Investigation conducted in Tunisia showed that several elasmobranch species (Rays and sharks)   occur along Tunisian coasts mainly in the Gulf of Gabès; 65 species were recorded, among them eight rays and five sharks are common.

07 August 2015

Sharks of the Arabian Seas - an identification guide

This guide, which was kindly funded with voluntary contributions from the German government and and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), was co-authored by Rima W. Jabada and David A. Ebert. It 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.

07 October 2016