UK society to help Bahrain study sharks

(Our Correspondent)
Filed on April 20, 2010

MANAMA — Bahrain plans to study sharks found in its territorial waters in association with a UK-based organisation.

The Shark Conservation Society has approached the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Life, Environment and Wildlife to conduct a two- to three-week-long screening of sharks to know their habitats and dangers face by the marine species.

At a meeting with Bahrain’s officials, society’s representatives, Richard Peirce and Mark Boothman, highlighted that as per scientific classifications more than 3,000 sharks belonging to 23 species were commonly found in the seas. Longbow Saw Fish represents the species available here.

During the meeting, Director of Fisheries, Anwar Al Hariri, told the officials that in the last 15 years two unusual cases of shark sighting had been reported, in which a gray shark of three metre length and a whale were found in Bahrain’s territorial waters in an area usually considered as the habitat ofsmaller fish. “We appreciate the efforts of the society to help us in our ongoing efforts to protect marine life,” Hariri said.

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