The Gulf Elasmo Project was established by Doctor of Ecology & Environmental Science, Rima Jabado.

Dr Rima Jabado made some amazing discoveries while working on her thesis for her PHD, and we hope to be able to share some of her findings with you over the next few months.


In years too soon to come, Children will look at their Mothers and Fathers and ask “Why did your generation kill all the Sharks?”


What will your answer be to them?


Future generations will have every right  to ask such a sole searching question, because they will learn from our mistakes. They will learn that catching and killing these wonderful creatures to sell to nations that use just the sharks fin as a thickening agent for soup, will prove to be a ridiculously impractical, unsustainable, ignorant, environmental balance breaker!


Every one of us has a responsibility to ensure our Planet stays in an ecological balance, so please as a member of the UAE start saying NO to shark finning.


It will need the Government to get involved and educate local fishermen on the dangers of what they are doing, and the impact they have on an already 99% (in some areas, the global average being 95%) depleted global shark population.

In the UAE region we do not know the extent of pressure/damage negative human interaction is having, and this is why the Gulf Elasmo Project is so important. The scientific realisation is that if we keep removing sharks from the top of the marine environments food chain we  will/are causing an almost irreversible impact on global oxygen supplies, and this is only the start of the problem.


The very air we breath is linked to the life of these wonderful majestic creature. It is these creatures that hollywood has demonised for decades that actually keep fish stocks at the correct levels. Take out the shark and the fish stocks increase, the fish then need more food, so they eat more Phytoplankton.


Phytoplankton are the autotrophic (producer) component of the plankton community and produce some seventy percent of our global oxygen supply. A recent 2010 report published in Nature reported a substantial decline of Phytoplankton in the worlds oceans, a decline of approximately 40% since 1950. While this decline of Phytoplankton is not just due to the destruction and decimation of shark habitats and populations, it is obvious that the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem and life on Earth are intrinsically linked.

Article by: Jon F


Below are just a few shots from one of Rima’s Shark Tagging Trips in the UAE.

Rima has recruited a band of willing volunteers that are dedicated to trying to educate the people of the Gulf States that this environmental ignorance must stop.




The GULFELASMOPROJECT catches, tags, and releases sharks to gather data and help prevent the catastrophic extermination of  elasmobranch populations.

                                    The GULFELASMOPROJECT

                         is doing all it can to stop this mindless saluter!

                                                 Please help us!

                                    SAY NO TO SHARK FINNING!

                                    The GULFELASMOPROJECT

                         is doing all it can to stop this mindless saluter!

                                                 Please help us!

                                    SAY NO TO SHARK FINNING!

                                    The GULFELASMOPROJECT

                         is doing all it can to stop this mindless saluter!

                                                 Please help us!

                                    SAY NO TO SHARK FINNING!

                                    The GULFELASMOPROJECT

                         is doing all it can to stop this mindless saluter!

                                                 Please help us!

                                    SAY NO TO SHARK FINNING!

                                    The GULFELASMOPROJECT

                         is doing all it can to stop this mindless saluter!

                                                 Please help us!

                                    SAY NO TO SHARK FINNING!

                                    The GULFELASMOPROJECT

                         is doing all it can to stop this mindless saluter!

                                                 Please help us!

                                    SAY NO TO SHARK FINNING!

This Sandbar Shark was properly detained, measured, tagged and released, allowing the shark to be tracked and data shared with local and global authorities and marine initiatives.

Below you will see what we are trying to prevent
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