The annual Shark week that focuses on sharks and how important they are in maintaining ecological and marine life order, is expected draw in more debate and voices that are urgently needed to save these great mammals who are tottering on the brink of extinction.
Organizations in the UAE need to come up with more effective conservation strategies and need to spread awareness on the significance of the same since public support is extremely vital. The shark week is expected to rein in more support from residents and will pave the way for concerted discussions, research and revamps in conservation policies.
The Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman is host to more than 43 shark and 29 ray species. Two of five species are in the endangered list according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. Whale sharks, hammerhead and the green sawfish are among those that are critically endangered. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has embarked upon a conservation strategy that seeks to save these species from extinction.