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.
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