MOU on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks

Participants to the South and South-East Asia Workshop who received training to Conserve Migratory Animals - © Francisco Rilla

The Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks is the first global instrument for the conservation of migratory species of sharks listed on Appendix I or II of the Bonn Convention. The legally non-binding international instrument aims to achieve and maintain a favorable conservation status for migratory sharks based on the best available scientific information, taking into account the socio-economic value of these species for concerned areas.
Focal Office:
Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)
Date Ratified:
February 12, 2010
The Conservation Plan under the MOU aims to enhance conservation of migratory sharks. In particular, its objectives include:
1. Strengthening the political will to implement migratory shark conservation measures
2. Bridging migratory shark fisheries and conservation
3. Contributing to the implementation of the Food and Agricultural Office's International Plan of Action (IPOA) for sharks

Species covered by this Memorandum of Understanding and their ranges include the following:

Rhincodontidae          Rhncodon typus
Cetorhinidae              Cetorhinus maximus
Lamnidae                  Carcharodon carcharias
                                  Isurus oxyrinchus
                                 Isurus paucus
                                 Lamna nasus
Squalidae                 Squalus acanthias (Northern Hemisphere populations)
Policy Issuances:
MOU on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks
Malacañang Administrative Order No. 282, s. 2010 - Intensifying the Protection of the Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus), Popularly Known as “Butanding”, in the Philippine Waters
Republic Act 9147 - Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act
Republic Act 8550 - The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998
Sources / Relevant Links:
Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Formally Joins the DENR as Conservation Partner
Latest Activites:
1st Workshop of the Sharks MOU Conservation Working Group (CWG1) [31 October - 1 November 2016; Bristol, UK]

3rd Meeting on International Cooperation on Migratory Shark (Sharks III) [10 February 2010; Heritage Hotel, Philippines] - Attended by Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi (PPFAP) and Director Theresa Mundita Lim (BMB)
Next Meetings:
2nd Meeting of the Sharks Advisory Committee (AC2) [20-24 November 2017]
This Page was updated on 06 March 2017 and will be updated on 06 June 2017