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Fishermen in hot water for netting whale shark

24 Aug 2021

A whale shark was found on a beach in Muscat on Tuesday caught by fishermen. 

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources stated that it has followed up on the incident of a whale shark ‘falling into fishermen’s nets’ in the Governorate of Muscat. ‘Whale hunting is a punishable violation in accordance with Article 11 of the Marine Fishing and Living Aquatic Resources Law. The ministry has taken legal measures against the fishermen,’ a ministry statement said.

The ministry has called on the fishermen to take steps to preserve whales in Omani waters. 

According to the Environment Society of Oman, whale sharks (Rhincodontypus) are the largest of all fish. They are considered to be ‘endangered’ under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 

The gentle and curious whale shark tops many divers’ bucket list and is a boon for the local diving industry during the summer months. 

Typically, the season when whale sharks are seen in Omani waters is from July to September, but sometimes sightings are made as early as June.

Whale sharks are often found in the waters around Daymaniyat Islands, Fahal Island and Bandar al Khairan. 

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