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Sharks & Rays Without Borders

by Project AWARE category: Environment

“I Urge Listing and Concerted Conservation Action for 21 Shark and Ray Species at #CMSCoP11 #SharksWithoutBorders http://thndr.it/1E4qi89

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Sharks & Rays Without Borders

Although several countries have protections and conservation measures in place for sharks and rays, migratory species travel long distances, often crossing national boundaries. Their routes are determined by nature, not by the political borders we've drawn.

Conservation of migratory species, requires coordinated initiatives involving two or more countries, as well as sound national policy. By providing a framework for regional agreements, the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is uniquely suited to address the threats - from overexploitation to habitat degradation - facing many migratory sharks and rays.

This 4-9 November in Quito, Ecuador, CMS Parties (member countries) from all over the world will consider/debate and decide on an unprecedented number of proposals that could greatly improve the outlook for 21 species of imperiled rays and sharks. Project AWARE will be there to represent the voice of the dive community and to work with partner NGOs to urge the CMS Parties to commit to regional protections for the proposed shark and ray species, by listing them on the CMS Appendices. Such actions bring responsibilities for member countries to work nationally and regionally to safeguard listed species and ensure the health of their habitats throughout migratory pathways.

Join the #CMSCoP11 #SharksWithoutBorders Thunderclap and on 4th November, together we'll send a strong message to CMS Parties that migratory sharks and rays have waited long enough for the benefits CMS can provide.

In Partnership with Shark Advocates International




  • Historic Advances in International Shark and Ray Conservation

    November 9, 2014
    FINtastic News from #CMSCoP11 in Quito, Ecuador:
    Our Thunderclap #SharksWithoutBorders has been heard - Twenty-one species listed under Convention on Migratory Species

    Conservationists are rejoicing at the listing of 21 species of sharks and rays under the Appendices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), made official today in the final plenary session of the Conference of Parties (CoP). With these listings, member countries agreed to grant strict protection to the reef manta, the nine devil rays, and the five sawfishes, and committed to work internationally to conserve all three species of thresher sharks, two types of hammerheads, and the silky shark.

    “We are elated by the overwhelming commitment expressed by CMS Parties for safeguarding some of the world’s most imperiled shark and ray species, including the highly endangered sawfishes,” said Sonja Fordham of Shark Advocates International, a project of The Ocean Foundation. “Today’s unprecedented actions more than triple the number of shark and ray species slated for enhanced conservation initiatives.” (...)

    “From hammerheads of the Galapagos to threshers in the Philippines, sharks are incredibly popular attractions for divers,” noted Ania Budziak of Project AWARE. “With increasing recognition of the economic benefits of associated tourism, divers’ voices are playing a key role in winning protections for these iconic species.” (...)

    Read the Full Press Release

    Thank you for adding your social voice to the #SharksWithoutBorders campaign. Together with 632 supporters, our collective voice provided a social reach of over 544,540 people! That's a loud Thunderclap for sharks and rays! THANK YOU

    For more news and updates, please go to www.projectaware.org and stay tuned @projectaware

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Project AWARE is a global movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet - one dive at a time. Focused on the critical issues of Sharks 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. Project AWARE is a registered non-profit organization.

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