Enhancing Elasmobranch Conservation through the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

Funds awarded to The Ocean Foundation will allow Shark Advocates International (SAI) and its partners to produce and publicize an expert report that documents Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Parties’ performance with respect to obligations for the 34 shark and ray species listed on the CMS Appendices. Preliminary findings were used at the CMS Conference of Parties in October to engage relevant countries in urgent efforts to protect Atlantic shortfin Mako sharks, and will inform a November IUCN workshop on endangered sawfishes. The final report, due out in the spring of 2018, is aimed at catalyzing enhanced conservation of the broader group of listed sharks and rays by highlighting key shortfalls, challenges, and solutions.

Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

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