Wehbi proudly displays his catch of sharks in Sidon. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Zaatari)
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Activists voiced environmental and health concerns Sunday, after a Sidon fisherman, dubbed the "shark hunter" caught 12 sharks over the past two weeks.Today, however, the shark population is under little threat from Lebanese fishermen, said Mohamed al-Sarji, president of the Lebanese Union of Professional Divers and a maritime legal expert.Still, Sarji said that the use of illegal fishing methods, including dynamite, and overfishing were serious problems in Lebanon, and sharks could come under threat in the future if too many fishermen follow Wehbi's example.Foreign companies rather than local fishermen, Sarji said, could pose an existential threat to Lebanon's shark populations.
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