Dubai-UAE:– With the end of the ban period on shark fishing and trade approaching on July 1, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) hosted an awareness workshop on the Ministerial Resolution No. 43 of 2019 regulating shark fishing and trade.
Drawing the participation of representatives of the concerned authorities, the workshop introduced attendees to the two categories of sharks specified in the resolution. These include the 24 shark species listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) that are subject to a permanent fishing ban, and the other shark species that may be seasonally fished from July 1 until the last day of February of the following year.
Topics included measures to take in case of catching a shark by accident during the ban period, specifications of approved shark-fishing gear, permitted fishing areas, and the illegal status of shark finning.
Furthermore, the workshop highlighted the Cabinet Resolution No. 18 of 2012 regarding the application of administrative penalties on the violators of living aquatic resources and fisheries, which outlines the penalties for violators of the Ministerial Resolution No. 43 of 2019 regulating shark fishing and trade. These range from warnings and fines to suspensions and cancellations of boat licenses, depending on the type and repetition of the violation.
Halima Al Jasmi, Head of the Fisheries Section at MOCCAE, said: “The workshop is part of the Ministry’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of its resolutions and, ultimately, improve public compliance. Preserving sharks so that they can continue to play their instrumental role in the ecological balance is a priority for the UAE. To achieve this objective, we support global efforts to protect the species through upholding international agreements such as CITES and CMS.”
There are currently 43 shark species in the UAE waters. As a result of illegal fishing and habitat degradation, most of these species are classified as vulnerable or endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
About the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) was established in February 2006 as the Ministry of Environment and Water. Under its redefined scope, the ministry has taken on a dual mandate. On the national level, the ministry aims to strengthen the UAE’s efforts in preserving the environment and promoting food diversity in accordance with the nation’s aspiration to emerge as a key benchmark for sustainable development. On the global level, MOCCAE joins international stakeholders in combating climate change and profile the UAE’s path-breaking achievements in the sector at thought leadership platforms worldwide.
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