The recent catching of a 3,5m shark have sparked up heated debates from both sides of the island with the local association. The shark protection association condemned the catch and urged to stop hunting the sharks. The reason for that is that sharks play an important role in the balancing of the eco-system of sea by eating hazardous fish such as fugu.
The population of fugu fish around Cyprus has increased recently and this fish is damaging the fishing nets and generally is a dangerous fish.
The association continues to argue that sharks are living in deep waters and it is highly unlikely that they will be swimming around places where people are living.