The winner of the CMS Thesis Award in 2008 was Dr Samantha Petersen of South Africa for her work entitled ‘Understanding and Mitigating Vulnerable Bycatch in southern African Trawl and Longline Fisheries’. By-catch is a major concern to CMS as it affects a number of migratory species including albatrosses and petrels, marine turtles, sharks and cetaceans.
At the opening ceremony of the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) taking place from 4-8 December 2018 in Durban, South Africa, the Nature Conservation Sector (NCS) of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Ministry of Environment, was declared the winner of the AEWA Conservation Award in the institutional category, while Mr. Ohad Hatzofe, Avian Ecologist of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, had been declared the winner of the AEWA Conservation Award for the individual category.
Promoting public awareness is an essential element of conservation work and an area in which ASCOBANS has an important role to play. Unless people are convinced that porpoises are present in their local waters, that these creatures are worth saving, and that the animals’ existence is threatened, they are not likely to support recovery efforts.