Chile Becomes 15th Signatory to CMS Sharks MOU

6 May 2011: During a visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), Chilean Ambassador Jorge O'Ryan Schütz signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOU).

Chile's signature brings the number of countries that have signed the MOU to 15. The Sharks MOU, CMS's first global conservation instrument, was concluded in February 2010 and covers seven shark species listed on the CMS Appendices, namely: Basking Shark; Great White Shark; Whale Shark; Shortfin and Longfin Mako Shark; Porbeagle; and Northern hemisphere populations of the Spiny Dogfish. Among the 53 shark species in Chilean waters, the White Shark, Whale Shark, Basking Shark, Porbeagle, as well as Shortfin and Longfin Mako are covered by the Sharks MOU. [CMS Press Release] [Chilean Government Press Release (Spanish)]