Highlights and images for 12 December 2018




Highlights for Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The aquarium at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

The Third Meeting of Signatories (MOS3) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOU) continued its deliberations on Wednesday, 12 December, at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Key takeaways from the third day included:

  • the need to balance ambitious activities in the programme of work with means and capacities for implementation;
  • a discussion on mobilization of resources, including potentially developing a fundraising strategy for the MOU in the future;
  • consideration of how the Sharks MOU and regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) could best coordinate to build bridges between conservation and management;
  • approval of a document outlining suggestions for how the MOU may cooperate with the CMS on Concerted Actions to improve the conservation status for whale sharks, mobulid rays, and angelsharks; and
  • welcoming Defenders of Wildlife as a new Cooperating Partner for the MOU.

Delegates further addressed in detail: the programme of work for the next triennium 2019-2021; species-specific conservation measures for Annex 1 species; habitat conservation; capacity building; communication and awareness raising; and the potential for a performance review in the future. The working group to address the pending listings of the blue shark and the angelshark met at lunchtime, reporting that consensus could not be reached regarding the blue shark. Deliberations on the angelshark continue. The working group on species-specific conservation measures met in the evening.At lunchtime, Collecte Localisation Satellites organized a side event called “Argos Satellite System for Animal Tracking: Improvements and Future of the Constellation.”

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided a summary and analysis report from Sharks MOS3.

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MOS3 Vice-Chair David Hogan, US, and Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat
Céline van Klaveren-Impagliazzo, Monaco
From L-R: John Carlson, Chair, Sharks MOU Advisory Committee; Andrea Pauly, CMS Secretariat; MOS3 Vice-Chair David Hogan, US; and Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat
Alejandra Goyenechea, Defenders of Wildlife, and Rebecca Regnery, Humane Society International
Patricia Walker and Irene Kingma, Dutch Elasmobranch Society (NEV)
Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat
Andrea Pauly, CMS Secretariat
Daniel Kachelriess, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Kim Friedman, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Angela Martini, EU
MOS3 Vice-Chair David Hogan, US
Sarika Singh, South Africa


Lesley Gidding-Reeve, Australia
Mohamed El Hacene Mekiyoun, Mauritania
Isabel Ender and Rebecca Carter, Manta Trust
Coralie Passeron and Clarisse Campagna, Monaco
Irene Kingma, NEV
Jennifer Lenhart, IISD Reporting Services, and Lesley Gidding-Reeve, Australia
Jamie Rendell and Alice Doyle, UK
Beatriz Ladines Villamar, Ecuador
Signing ceremony
Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat, and Alejandra Goyenechea, Defenders of Wildlife
Alejandra Goyenechea signs the Sharks MOU on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, which becomes the twelfth Cooperating Partner.
Life in the aquarium



Negotiating blocs
European Union