Highlights and images for 14 December 2018




Highlights for Friday, 14 December 2018

The Common Guitarfish (Rhinobatos rhinobatos)

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) finalized its deliberations on Friday, 14 December, at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Key takeaways from the last day included:

  • listing the angelshark (Squatina squatina) in Annex 1, noting exceptional circumstances for the species, which initially did not fulfil the migratory criteria, and highlighting that this should not set a precedent for future proposals;
  • establishing an intersessional working group (IWG), chaired by Mauritania, to identify targeted actions for the MOU Programme of Work (POW) over the next triennium;
  • agreeing a 10.4% increase on the budget for voluntary contributions for the next triennium, after amending a relevant staff position and equipment-related costs;
  • agreeing the POW, including how the Secretariat and Signatories can engage with Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs); and
  • concluding with positive momentum and agreeing to scale up intersessional activities for the conservation of listed shark and ray species.

Chair Robert Calcagno, CEO, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, closed MOS3 at 12:41pm.

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

Photos by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis

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Chair Robert Calcagno, CEO, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and Vice-Chair David Hogan, US
Chair Robert Calcagno, CEO, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat
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
Colin Simpfendorfer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Kim Friedman, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
John Carlson, Chair, Sharks MOU Advisory Committee, and Andrea Pauly, CMS Secretariat
João Loureiro, Portugal
Sarah Fowler, MarAlliance
Angela Martini, EU
Mohamed El Hacene Mekiyoun, Mauritania
Arnel Yaptinchay, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, and Isabel Ender, Manta Trust
Susanne Viker, Sweden
Carlos Polo-Silva, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá, Colombia
Céline van Klaveren-Impagliazzo, Monaco, acknowledged for her contribution to organize MOS3
Mohamud Hassan Ali, Somalia
Daniel Kachelriess, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Sonja Fordham, Shark Advocates International, and Ali Hood, the Shark Trust
Lesley Gidding-Reeve, Australia
Tiffany Bock, New Zealand
Delegates editing text on-screen
From L-R: John Carlson, Chair, Sharks MOU Advisory Committee; Teya Penniman, IISD Reporting Services; and Asterios Tsioumanis, IISD Reporting Services
Cheri McCarty, US, and Michelle Heupel, Australia
Cheri McCarty, US, proposing changes to the text
Lawrence Chlebeck, Humane Society International
View of the dais during the closing session
Life in the aquarium



Negotiating blocs
European Union