Al Ain (Union) As part of its integrated efforts to contribute to supporting the state’s efforts to protect the environment, the United Arab Emirates University launched an awareness campaign aimed at raising societal awareness of the need to protect sharks, which play an important role in maintaining the balance of the marine environment.
Dr. said. Mohammed Abdul Mohsen Al Yafei, Associate Professor, Dean of the College of Food and Agriculture at UAE University, Head of the Department of Integrative Agriculture: “Sharks are among the most important aquatic predators in the seas and oceans. Sharks have been a partner in maintaining the balance of the marine environment for more than 400 million years on the planet, and in recent years they have suffered sharp declines due to overfishing and increased demand for their valuable meat and fins. In the marine ecosystem, sharks play a key role in maintaining the ecological balance in the seas and are more productive, in light of the marine food pyramid.” He added: “The UAE announced earlier a new plan to protect sharks within the framework of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, where it launched the “National Plan of Action (NPOA) for the Conservation and Management of Sharks 2018-2021”, which provides concrete steps to enhance the conservation and management of sharks. Sharks and their sustainability in the United Arab Emirates, and the promotion of biodiversity and food.
He continued: “A study prepared by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and its partners from governmental and non-governmental agencies, revealed that the waters of the UAE harbor more than 80 species of “shark” and “sleeker”, most of which are at risk of extinction. In different degrees, the degrees of risk are divided into three levels, namely (First Class Endangered, Endangered and Endangered).
Dr. Al Yafei concluded his speech by saying: “We hope at the level of the UAE University to start marine research programs in order to preserve our natural resources as a sustainable resource for the future generation. This is our responsibility to protect this species before it becomes extinct due to overexploitation.”