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MOCCAE bans shark fishing for five months
February 01, 2018
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DUBAI: The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, has announced that shark fishing will be banned during the period from Feb.1 until June30,  which coincides with the shark breeding season. The ban is pursuant to the Ministerial Decree No. 500 of 2014 on Regulating the Fishing and Trading of Sharks.

Salah Abdallah Al Rayssi, Director of the Fisheries Sustainability Department at MOCCAE, said that the ban aims at reducing risks facing rare species of sharks. He said that sharks play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy habitat by ‘cleaning-up’ the reefs and preying on weak and sick fish populations, keeping coral reefs free of disease.

“UAE waters are home for as many as 30 shark species, which are classified as endangered or critically endangered. Illegal fishing practices, global spread of unethical and uncontrolled fishing methods, as well as the rise of the shark fin trade, are putting some shark species on the edge of extinction,” he said.

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