The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has drawn a four-year action plan to save marine species like shark and rays. The National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks 2018-2021 lists down effective steps to increase public awareness and strictly enforce legislation to protect sharks, skates, rays and chimeras
The plan is part of UAE’s strategy to preserve its biodiversity as the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman are home to 43 shark species and 29 ray species. Among this, two out of five are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
The Ministry has also released the UAE Shark Assessment Report, the government’s first overview of national shark research and conservation policies. Its database will be used as a baseline for the national shark conservation plan.
The plan’s effectiveness will be measured by reviewing community awareness, improved management of marine protected areas and the extinction risk posed to individual shark species.