CMS Sharks MOU

The Conservation Status Of  Migratory Sharks

This review, prepared by Sarah Fowler, Vice-chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Shark Specialist Group (SSG), analyses the migratory and threatened status of the 1,093 species of chondrichtyan fishes.

Shark Species under
the Sharks MOU

Seven species of sharks are currently listed in Annex I of the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, such as the Great White Shark, the Whale Shark. See more



Signatories recognize the critical role that migratory sharks play in marine ecosystems and local economies, and are concerned about the significant mortality of sharks (...) from a range of impacts and threats.

Signatories are convinced that the vulnerability of migratory sharks to such threats warrants further development of conservation measures [...] and enhanced implementation and enforcement of existing conservation measures.

Sherman's Lagoon
by Jim Toomey