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Dubai, (located in the southeast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula), is continuing to sell rare and endangered sharks at Deira fish market despite a ban by an international treaty.
The sharks, and shark fins include smooth hammerheads, bigeye threshers, common threshers and a mako, all of which the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists as threatened. Also found were common blacktips, hardnose sharks, a spinner shark and fins from a whale shark.
In one visit, 140 sharks were found. Some of the sharks that were not finned, were found to be pregnant- particularly alarming since bays often serve as nurserys to sharks, and depending on the fishing method, many juvinille sharks may be by-catch.
We ask that the United Arab Emirates Minister stop the hunting of endangered sharks and enforce the international trade ban on shark fins that are used to make shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy.
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