Saudi Arabia's KAUST concludes study on shark activity to protect marine environment

KAUST has concluded a scientific study on fishing activities of sharks. (SPA)
Updated 29 July 2019

Saudi Arabia's KAUST concludes study on shark activity to protect marine environment

  • The results of the study could provide a blueprint for deciding where to place large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs) in the future

JEDDAH: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has concluded a scientific study on fishing activities of sharks, centered on ecologically important shark hotspots worldwide.

The results of the study could provide a blueprint for deciding where to place large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs) in the future.

Carlos Duarte, professor of marine science at KAUST, said that an international team of over 150 scientists from 26 countries collated movement data from nearly 2,000 sharks tracked with satellite transmitter tags.

“This study is dedicated to shark migration, in order to identify their breeding sites in oceans with unprecedented accuracy, and to ensure collaboration in matters of research among scientists from around the globe to meet the challenges of protecting and conserving the marine environment,” he said.

Duarte added that the research highlights the need for, and power of, collaboration between scientists to better understand the challenges of global ocean conservation.

He claimed the work would help enhance the study and safeguarding of marine life, and especially of endangered species. Detailed maps of shark-heavy seas in relation to active fisheries, he said, could provide a “blueprint” to identify potential marine protection zones, in order to provide safe havens for sharks from industrial fishing.


DiplomaticQuarter: EU envoy wants increased cooperation with Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition

Updated 29 October 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: EU envoy wants increased cooperation with Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition

  • The IMCTC is an alliance of 41 countries that forms a pan-Islamic unified front in the global fight against terrorism

RIYADH: Patrick Simonnet, head of the EU delegation to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, recently visited the headquarters of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in Riyadh.

IMCTC Secretary-General Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi received the EU diplomat and the accompanying delegation. Al-Moghedi briefed the visiting dignitaries about the coalition’s goals, achievements and the initiatives it has taken to fight terrorism in different forms.

He said the coalition represents an integrated system of intellectual and media initiatives and also aims to fight terror financing to effectively root out this menace. The IMCTC chief said the coalition aims to enhance cooperation and coordination among member states.

Simonnet said the EU looks forward to enhance cooperation with the Islamic military alliance in different fields.

Al-Moghedi also presented the EU ambassador with a memento.

The IMCTC is an alliance of 41 countries that forms a pan-Islamic unified front in the global fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

In coordination with the relevant authorities in the member countries, it promotes best practices, advances legal, regulatory, and operational frameworks, and facilitates information sharing to curb terror financing.

It also aims to assist member countries to enhance their military capabilities to fight terrorism.

The intellectual aspect specializes in preserving the universal message of Islam, promoting the values of moderation, tolerance and the preparation of targeted messages to counter radical ideology.

The media side is based on producing digital, media and other informative content to refute the rhetoric and claims of terrorist organizations and extremists.