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SARDI hosts shark workshop and Minister's visit

A workshop on shark management techniques being held for the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi at SARDI Aquatic Sciences enjoyed a surprise visit from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Gail Gago.

Minister Gago with Dr Charlie Huveneers (left) and shark management workshop participants Franklin Francis (far left) and Ahmed Al Shamsi (third from right) from the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi.
Minister Gago with Dr Charlie Huveneers (left) and shark management workshop participants Franklin Francis (far left) and Ahmed Al Shamsi (third from right) from the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi.

The comprehensive workshop at SARDI Aquatic Sciences, West Beach, organised and run by Dr William Robbins of Wildlife Marine, covered shark management techniques as well as the reproductive biology of sharks and ageing and growth.

UAE group leader, Edwin Grancourt, manager for Marine Assessment and Monitoring with the Abu Dhabi agency, said that while sharks were being commercially fished in the UAE, the country knew nothing about shark management. 

“Australia has very advanced experts in assessing and managing living marine resources and we are really impressed. And SARDI has more marine research in this one facility than in our entire country. We look forward to research collaborations in future, and more training with Will and Charlie on movement patterns of sharks.”

Dr Robbins and Dr Huveneers added that the workshop was mutually beneficial for all with much knowledge shared between the scientists.

Minister Gago also met the newly appointed Chief Aquatic Sciences, Dr Gavin Begg, who hosted the tour along with SARDI Executive Director Professor Pauline Mooney and PIRSA Deputy Chief Executive Primary Industries and Biosecurity, Don Plowman. The tour also looked at SARDI’s research and development work involving oceanography, microalgal biofuels, fish nutrition, freshwater fish conservation, oyster aquaculture and environmental monitoring in aquaculture.