A team from the Regional Office for Whale Shark Conservation, a branch of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, conducted a research visit to the northern areas within the territorial waters of Qatar, where this species of fish is present. This is part of their regular visits to monitor and study marine creatures.
The visit, carried out in coordination with the Marine Protection Department, aimed to gather information and data regarding the distribution of whale sharks in the region. The study of their behavior was undertaken with the goal of achieving a better understanding of their nature, environment, and needs. After collecting this data, the team works to analyze and utilize it in developing effective protection strategies for the preservation of this endangered species.
These periodic visits and research activities also reflect the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s dedicated efforts to conserve whale sharks. These creatures play a crucial and pivotal role in maintaining marine ecological balance, which contributes to enhancing biodiversity in the local marine environment. These efforts are geared towards providing a secure environment to sustain the lives of whale sharks in Qatari waters.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change announced the establishment and creation of a regional office for whale sharks in Qatar during the Whale Shark Forum held in May 2023. This initiative was carried out in coordination with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The office contributes to unifying the efforts of the regional countries, enhancing their capabilities to protect these creatures, and working on creating an ambitious roadmap with clear guidelines. This roadmap strengthens regional endeavors for the conservation and protection of marine life within the territorial waters.