Shark meat is considered a delicacy in certain countries around the world. However, at the same time, there are numerous species of sharks which have received the category of endangered as a result of hunting and fishing which can be an issue for the survival of their species.

To be able to provide them with protection, many nations implement specific guidelines for fishermen which prevent them from fishing either beyond a certain amount or at all. Some species may have complete prohibitions covering them from being fished, though the UAE has recently made changes to their regulation.

There are multiple shark species in the waters around the UAE and fishing is quite common and has been a central area and part of the culture for many years.

The ban on Sales of Shark Meat

The (MCCE) Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has recently implemented a resolution which has placed a ban on the selling of shark meat; this includes the meat in any form whether that is frozen, dried preserved or any other way possible.

On top of this, shark fin, which is the most common part of the shark removed for commercial purposes and this is often performed in cruel ways, is also banned, however, if there are specific research requirements which need sharks, approval of capture may be obtained through the authorities.

If fishermen accidentally catch sharks within their netting, they must release them back into the sea. However, the UAE is quite a substantial exporter of shark meat, and there are legal methods through which their fishing may proceed. Around specific dates, between June 1 and February 28, fishermen will be allowed to fish to so long as they do so more than eight miles offshore, and in limited quantities.

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