Dubai

May. 20/13

International trade in three shark species will be restricted following the adoption of new global rules.

The sale of smooth, great or scalloped hammerhead sharks will require government-issued permits under restrictions by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

The UAE in March became one of 178 signatories to sign up to the rules, which also govern oceanic white-tip and porbeagle sharks, although neither of these are found in our waters.

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Oct. 07/12

The UAE should introduce tough new measures to protect threatened shark species, according to one of the organisers of a conservation conference taking place this week.

The Emirates took action in 2008 by banning the finning of live sharks at sea and outlawing shark fishing from January 1 to April 30 each year.

But Jonathan Ali Khan, a shark expert and wildlife filmmaker, said the UAE should take its policies one step further and ban imports and exports of shark fins and imports of whole sharks. He would also like to see the no-fishing period extended.

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Feb. 28/12

Discarded lobster pots, fishing nets and a car gearbox were among the items a team of 10 volunteer divers cleared out of the sea near the Palm Jumeirah's coastline yesterday.

Helen Sell, the marketing manager for Atlantis Dive School, said the Dive Against Debris event had resulted in "a big haul" of items that were harmful to the marine ecosystem.

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