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Conservation of reef sharks in Arabia: between science and fisherman gossip

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The Black-tip shark Carcharhinus limbatus and the Spot-tail shark Cracharhinus sorrah are reef sharks that have been heavily fished along the Arabian seas since the 1980’s. The increase in shark-fin demand raised concerned on the status of these species local stocks. Knowledge of population structure and reproductive behaviour is important in planning effective protection plans for species under threat. Therefore, in this study I aim to investigate the population structure of C.limbatus and C.sorrah along the Arabian seas, explore the mating recognition preference in C.sorrah by testing for an association between mating success and individual’s fitness. Lastly gossip with fishermen to get a sense of the historical trend in the abundance of regional shark population’s.

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