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PRESS STATEMENT

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

Urgent Call for Science-based Shark Incidents Management Practices

RED SEA PROJECT™
RED SEA PROJECT™

First and foremost, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the victim who tragically lost their life in this shark attack. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.


Sharks play a vital role as integral components of our marine ecosystems, maintaining a balanced and healthy ocean. They are not mindless predators but essential contributors to a complex and delicate ecosystem. It is important to recognize that most shark attacks are a response to human impact and are usually linked to illegal fishing activities or feeding, as proven in past incidents in the Red Sea.


We strongly denounce the handling of the recent shark attack incident. The decision to kill the shark in response is not only ineffective and unscientific but also cruel. Such extreme measures fail to address the root causes of shark attacks and perpetuate a harmful cycle of fear and violence towards these magnificent creatures. We firmly advocate for the enforcement of a proper code of conduct and best practices among touristic facilities and users of marine resources. Instead of resorting to lethal actions, we urgently urge the concerned authorities to adopt enlightened approaches to shark conservation and human-shark interactions.


We implore the concerned authorities to prioritize education and awareness campaigns. It is crucial to promote understanding of shark behavior among beachgoers and communities. By encouraging individuals to take appropriate precautions while respecting the natural environment, we can significantly reduce the chances of shark-related incidents. Implementing non-lethal measures such as shark monitoring programs, increased beach patrols, and improved signage can greatly contribute to the safety of both humans and sharks.


Collaboration with marine biologists, local and international conservation organizations, and experts in the field is of paramount importance. Their valuable insights into shark behavior, migration patterns, and effective mitigation strategies can inform decision-making processes that prioritize human safety and the preservation of marine biodiversity.


The previous decision, lacking any scientific basis and driven by brutality and ignorance, underscores the need for informed and responsible actions.

Organizations entrusted with the responsibility of protecting and conserving our natural resources must uphold ethical treatment of wildlife and embrace evidence-based conservation practices. The killing of the shark in question represents a failure to consider alternative measures and a disregard for the intrinsic value of marine life.


We urgently call upon the concerned authorities to reassess their actions and shift towards a more humane and sustainable approach to shark incident management. Recognizing the inherent value of sharks and promoting coexistence is not only essential but also crucial in breaking the misguided and destructive cycle of fear and violence. Only through scientific-based measures can we ensure the long-term well-being of our oceans and protect the diverse species that inhabit them.


Director | RED SEA PROJECT™,

9 June 2023

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