UAE to Impose a Fishing Ban from Next Week

  • Publish date: Thursday، 25 February 2021
UAE to Impose a Fishing Ban from Next Week

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) will impose the ban on fishing and trade of sharks effective from March 1.

It also imposes a permanent ban prohibiting the import and re-export of shark fins fresh, frozen, dried, salted, smoked, canned, or in any other form.

The ministry said in a press release that the ban will continue until June 30 in line with the Ministerial Resolution No. 43 of 2019.

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The resolution allows fishermen, who use permitted shark fishing gear and run registered lynch boats, to fish sharks from July 1 of each year until the last day of February of the following year.

The permanent ban also applies to ray species listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and the Federal Law No. 23 of 1999 concerning the exploitation, protection, and development of living aquatic resources in the UAE and its amendments.

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