Last week, nine Arab countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks.
At an international workshop on shark conservation supported by the UN, the United Arab Emirates, Comoros, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, Sudan, Syria and Yemen join 27 other nations that have already signed the MoU. By signing, these nations commit to the conservation of seven migratory species of sharks, including:
- Great white shark – Carcharodon carcharias
- Whale shark – Rhincodon typus
- Basking shark – Cetorhinus maximus
- Porbeagle – Lamna nasus
- Spiny dogfish – Squalus acanthias
- Longfin mako – Isurus paucus
- Shortfin mako – Isurus oxyrinchus
The coasts of these Arab nations are home to many shark species, including great whites, short fin makos, and whale sharks. Their waters are also home to feeding and breeding areas, making conservation efforts even more important.
To learn more, read the full news release: New Conservation Boost for Sharks in the Middle East and North Africa.
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