Saudi Shark Project

Stopping illegal shark-fishing in Saudi Arabia


Welcome to the Saudi Shark Project, an initiative set up in 2016 in response to the growing ecological problems in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea.

Shark populations have been, and are continuing to be, utterly devastated by illegal shark fishing in the Eastern Red Sea.

Although it is illegal to fish sharks in Saudi Arabia, this law is unenforced and many of the foreign fishermen working out of the coastal city of Jeddah are either unaware of the law, or aware that it is not being enforced by the coastguard or police.

This project’s primary objective is to raise awareness of the problem and to get the local community involved in putting an end to illegal shark fishing out of Jeddah and to give the shark population a chance to recover before they are hunted to extinction.