MME, North Oil Co sign MoU for whale shark conservation

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and the North Oil Company have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aiming at studying the adequate conservation and sustainable use of whale shark species in Qatar.

The agreement also aims to enhance cooperation and exchange of experience on the protection of the species in the State.

The MoU was signed by Director of Protection and Wildlife Department at MME Omar Salem al Nuaimi and North Oil Company Vice-Executive President for Health, Safety and Environment Pascal Meyer.

Speaking at a press conference, Nuaimi said the MoU aims at exchanging expertise to study a whale shark conservation project, strengthening cooperation between the two sides in protecting the rich coastal and marine diversity of Qatar territorial waters and enhancing scientific and technical cooperation in the protection of marine life.

Nuaimi stressed the keenness of the ministry to join efforts with institutions and other bodies in the State.

On his part, Meyer said the MoU aims to preserve the coastal and marine diversity in the territorial waters of Qatar and to promote scientific and technical cooperation in these areas.

The agreement also covers the implementation of a joint research project for the different types of whale sharks and coral reefs in the territorial waters of Qatar, under the conditions the two sides are seeking to develop and agree upon, and the ministry?s priorities in terms of conservation and management of whale sharks within the North Oil Company concession in Qatar.

The whale shark is one of the largest fish in the world and one of the endangered species. Nearly 400 whale sharks have been monitored in Al Shaheen Oil Field in Qatar.

The North Oil Company ensures that Al Shaheen Field continues to host the whale shark at one of its largest gathering locations in the world.

Source: Ministry of Municipality and Environment