Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mirbat, Salalah: Recent Massive Shark Haul Reported

Due to environmental factors such as wind and current,  schools of sharks have been brought closer to the coast of Mirbat. Fishermen have been taking advantage and pulling in large catches of shark daily. The fins of sharks are highly prized. Each shark sells for about 50 OMR or more making it relatively a lucrative business for the fishermen.

Mainly expats take the boats (called 'carab' قارب in Arabic) out and split the profit with the Omani owner.  Although a windfall for locals; there is an environmental cost for over fishing. Unfortunately, the over hunting of shark has caused their populations to dwindle over time and some countries have legal protections in place regarding the fishing of sharks.


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