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THE ECONOMY - FISHING INDUSTRY

Number of fishermen on the rise as fish stocks dwindle

Posted on 07/07/2010

The fishing industry has recorded an increase of more than 600 fishermen in the last year yet while fish stocks dwindle in the Arabian Gulf, the federal fisheries department continues to release farmed-fingerlings to boost fish populations. According to the Ministry of Environment and Water the number of registered fishermen has climbed to 6,294 in 2010 from 5,692 in 2009 with full support from the fisheries department as a means to achieve food security for the UAE. However, the issuing of ...  >>MORE

EAD releases juveniles, fingerlings to sustain Abu Dhabi's fisheries

Posted on 28/06/2010

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the International Fish Farming Holding Company P.J.S.C. (ASMAK), a leading aquaculture company in the UAE, have released 50,000 fingerlings and juveniles of two local fish species: Hammour (Orange Spotted Grouper) and Sobaity. For the first time, the fish were released as part of EAD's Fish Stock Enhancement Programme, which aims to sustain the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's fisheries. The fish were released in coordination with the Tourism Development '&' ...  >>MORE

Thousands of hammour released

Posted on 24/06/2010

Thousands of farmed Hammour were released off the coast of Abu Dhabi yesterday in a first-of-its-kind effort to reverse the decline of the threatened fish species. About 25,000 juvenile Hammour, and the same number of another local species, Sobaity seabream, were released into waters on the northern coast of Saadiyat Island in a two-hour operation. Hammour, also known as orange-spotted grouper, is a favourite dish in the UAE, and populations are on the brink of collapse. Experts say the ...  >>MORE

Fish prices skyrocket in Fujairah

Posted on 10/06/2010

Unstable weather in the eastern coast of the UAE kept fishermen away from high seas,
causing a short supply of fish and skyrocketing prices. The bad weather was caused by a tropical storm Phet. Prices of fish had more than tripled, fishermen said. Abdullah Al Dali, chairman of Fujairah Fishermen's Society, said the local catch had fallen and most of the fish on sale were imported from the neighbouring emirates. "This situation stemmed from reluctance of fishermen to venture into the ...  >>MORE

EAD to cooperate with Japan in the field of Aquaculture

Posted on 05/05/2010

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) signed yesterday on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kinki University, Japan to cooperate in the fields of aquaculture research and development. The MoU was signed by H.E Majid Al Mansouri, EAD's Secretary General and H.E. Hiroshige Seko, Vice President of Kinki University at EAD's headquarters in Al Ma'moura Building. This MOU follows numerous consultations and exchanges of information between the two ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed issues decision banning fishing, marketing of Al Badh, Arab Biya and Safi fish in reproduction period

Posted on 23/04/2010

An administrative decision has been issued, banning, fishing and marketing of Badh, Arab Biya and Safi fish in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi from early April 1 to May 31, 2010, according to the decision issued by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Western Region and Chairman of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD). The decision is based on the results of statistical surveys conducted by the EAD in 2009 to assess status of fish reserve in the emirate and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority sets safety norms for new fish market

Posted on 17/03/2010

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority has declared that it has already began to take the necessary steps to enforce the best international food safety standards at the new fish market currently being built by Lulu Hypermarket group at the Airport Road in Abu Dhabi. The market is due to open after four months. The Authority, which is working closely with the developers of the new market during construction to ensure all safeguards are strictly adhered to, made it clear that the market would have ...  >>MORE

Fish supply must be better protected, officials say

Posted on 07/01/2010

Surprise inspections of fishing boats at sea would help protect the declining fish population in local waters, an official from the Environment Agency − Abu Dhabi (EAD) said yesterday. The agency is concerned because previous measures have not done enough to maintain the stock of the most important commercial fish species. Inspections are needed to ensure fishing boats follow regulations regarding everything from equipment to personnel to the home base of the boat, said Dr Thabit al ...  >>MORE

Department adds 5,000 fish to reserve's waters

Posted on 16/07/2009

In its continuous efforts to develop the natural reserve project in Jebel Ali, the Department of Planning and Development Trakhees in the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation on Wednesday morning released 5,000 fingerlings of subaiti (silver-black porgy) in its natural marine reserve area. This was undertaken in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Water. The Environment, Health and Safety Department (EHS)-Trakhees in coordination with the Marine Resources Research Centre ...  >>MORE

UAE-based scientist finds new fish species in Oman

Posted on 28/05/2009

A new species of Arabian freshwater fish has been discovered by a UAE-based researcher and conservation officer at Emirates Wildlife Society - World Wildlife Fund (EWS-WWF). The small wadi fish was found in the Dhofra region of Oman near a village called Hasik near Salalah. To date there were only sixteen recorded species of primary freshwater fish throughout the Arabian Peninsula The freshwater fish, called Garra Smarti after its discoverer Emma Smart, was located in a geographically ...  >>MORE

Curbs on hammour sales to save stocks

Posted on 14/05/2009

Environment officials will soon begin restricting the sale of hammour in the country in an effort to stave off the extinction of the popular local fish, whose population has been dwindling rapidly. Abdulla Abdulrazzaq, consultant to the assistant deputy minister for fisheries at the Ministry of Environment and Water, said the ministry intended to prohibit the sale of hammour under 45cm in length, the typical size at which they reach sexual maturity. Hammour is one of a number of species ...  >>MORE

Reviving the pearl’s lustre

Posted on 17/02/2009

A patch of sea off the coast of Ras al Khaimah holds the key to the rebirth of the long-lost pearl industry in the Emirates. Beneath the waters lie hundreds of thousands of pearls, but these are not the natural wonders for which Emiratis scoured the ocean floor hundreds of years ago. The natural process has been prodded along by technology in about one million oysters by the Al Rams-based Emirates and Japan Pearl Cultivation and Trading Company, the only organised cultured pearl farm in the ...  >>MORE

Stronger regulations to preserve hammour

Posted on 26/11/2008

The Abu Dhabi Government is considering new fishing regulations to protect hammour in the emirate's waters. Hammour stocks worth Dh24.2 million (US$88.8m) were fished in Abu Dhabi in 2007, government statistics show. However, the catch is declining and there are no limits on catching juvenile fish. The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) is considering stricter measures than restrictions on fishing introduced in past years. Dr Thabit Zahran al Abdessalaam, the director of marine biodiversity ...  >>MORE

UAQ Marine Research Centre successfully hatches Hamour Larvae

Posted on 27/05/2008

The UAQ Marine Research Centre affiliated to the Ministry of Environment and Water has successfully hatched larvae of Hamour fish. The production of Hamour offspring came at the end of a series of experiments conducted at its laboratories and the Hamour hatcheries in the emirate. Some recent studies conducted in various parts of the world have suggested that 'Hamour' might be facing extinction. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

EAD monitoring fishing vessels

Posted on 05/08/2007

To complement its already existing surveillance of fishing vessels, the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) will be adopting a useful tool to help track and monitor fishing vessels within the waters off the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. EAD will establish a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), in its capacity as the competent authority responsible for Fisheries and Marine Resources Management in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This system is part of the activities of EAD?s Monitoring Control and Surveillance ...  >>MORE

New rule for fishing boats comes into effect today

Posted on 31/07/2007

Beginning today, commercial fishing boats will be barred from operating in Abu Dhabi waters if the boat owners are not present in the vessels. The Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) had issued a decree in this regard in April this year and the law comes into effect from today. EAD officials said that by taking this measure, the government hoped to encourage Emirati fishermen to become active partners in the conservation, protection and sustainable exploitation of the fishery resources. The law ...  >>MORE

Native wadi fish under threat

Posted on 23/06/2007

Diminished water tables, the introduction of non-native fish and pollution is affecting the survival of an indigenous fish species. Colloquially known as wadi fish after their habitat, the first study of this species is currently under way and results so far have spread light on the threats mountain ecosystems and endemic species are facing here. The main study site for this fish is in the catchment of Wadi Wurayah near Fujairah, which covers an area of 129 square kilometres. Sixty-eight ...  >>MORE

New decree on commercial fishing boats in Abu Dhabi issued

Posted on 29/04/2007

In a bid to preserve the UAE's marine heritage, a decree was issued on 18 April, 2007 forbidding commercial fishing boats from operating in Abu Dhabi waters, without the boat owner on board. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, issued the decree, which is effective immediately. A period of 3 months will be given to owners of "Tarads" (speedboats), while 6 months will be given to owners of "Lanshes" (motor-engine powered dhows), to ...  >>MORE

Large quantities of fish confiscated from Abu Dhabi Markets

Posted on 23/04/2007

During a regular inspection visit, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) confiscated illegal quantities of Badh, known as Longtail silverbiddy (Gerres longirostris). EAD confiscated 90 Kg of fish from the Al Ain Fish Market and 145 kg of Badh from the Al Mirfa Fish Market. The measure is in line with Ministerial Decree No. 186/2006 pertaining to the Prohibition and Marketing of Badh fish during the period from April 1st - May 31st, 2007, which coincides with the fish's spawning season. ...  >>MORE

Fishing by Al Halaq in Abu Dhabi is now banned

Posted on 18/04/2007

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has issued a decision completely banning fishing via Al Halaq, which is a method of fishing using an encircling net, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The decision is effective immediately. The decision was issued to help protect the Spanish mackerel (Kingfish), a migratory species locally known as Kan'aad, which is a major commercial species in the region. EAD calls on all fishermen to abide by this decision because it will help prevent the unsustainable ...  >>MORE

Overfishing starts full-scale alert

Posted on 02/04/2007

Stocks of hammour are declining due to overfishing off the coast of Ajman, the Ministry of Environment and Water has warned. The ministry's Water Creatures Research Centre conducted a study of around 15,000 fish in the waters of the UAE. The study was launched following concerns the fish were being caught illegally. Landing hammour is banned unless the fish are greater than 45 centimetres in length. Abdullah Khalifa Al Kumaiti, Director at the Ministry of Environment and Water in Ajman, ...  >>MORE

Depleted fish stocks will not affect UAE

Posted on 15/11/2006

Everything is being done to reduce depleting fish stocks in the UAE with more than half a million fish released into the Gulf annually, according to the Ministry of Environment and Water. Fish farms in the UAE are working to increase this number to release more fish, mainly sea breams, mullets and rabbit-fish. The report issued last week by the journal Science claiming that fish could be off the menu in less than 50 years due to over-fishing and depleting fish stocks, has been refuted by ...  >>MORE

Fish in UAE free of disease, says EAD

Posted on 05/10/2006

Fish in the UAE are free of disease, according to the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD).Officials at the agency denied that the fish in the UAE have any diseases. They said the agency performs, as part of its research work, microbiological studies on marine life. Kuwait had recently banned all fish import fresh and frozen from Iran and Pakistan. The ban was attributed to a suspicion that some fish imports from the two nations could contain the NAG virus that causes cholera, according to the ...  >>MORE

Discover age-old fishing techniques

Posted on 23/08/2006

The age-old traditional fishing industry of Umm Al Qawain (UAQ) is still safe in the hands of the younger generation. The second smallest emirate of the UAE, UAQ enjoys the privilege of having the largest and oldest fishing industry in the region. "Fishing in the traditional way is not an easy thing," explains Salim Rakat, a young connoisseur of the old way of fishing. He and his team of fishermen are at Al Ghurair City, exhibiting old fishing gadgets including wooden dhows (boats), nets, ...  >>MORE

Fish that wriggle out of trouble wadi waters

Posted on 05/10/2005

Freshwater fish are maybe not what visitors to the UAE would expect to find in the middle of an arid desert. But deep in the wadis of the Hajar Mountains, stretching across the UAE and Oman, three tiny species of native fish populate local pools. The wadis – dry river beds found in the mountains - are the only place in the world where some of these species are found. But these unique creatures, which have survived in the area for hundreds of years, are facing a direct threat to their ...  >>MORE

New plan to preserve UAE marine wealth

Posted on 28/08/2005

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries recently started applying a new strategy aimed at preserving the UAE's marine wealth. According to the Ministry, "the strategy aims to preserve the fish fortune and develop the fish stock through producing and raising the larva of fishes having commercial importance in the creeks and marine sanctuaries in order to increase these types and help enhance the marine environment through more larva production." Previously, the Ministry had implemented several ...  >>MORE

Helping to restore dwindling marine resources

Posted on 30/07/2005

Marine life is getting a helping hand as researchers are increasing the number of fish in Arabian waters favoured by local fishermen. Fish eggs are cultured and bred in tanks until they become fingerlings [small fish] and released in the ocean. Up to 250,000 fish have been released into the sea and protected areas around the country this year with the aim to match the number currently caught by fishermen and to keep fish reserves up. There are about 15,000 fishermen and 5,000 fishing boats ...  >>MORE

Stocks of six species of fish in Fujairah depleting

Posted on 03/04/2005

Fishermen in Dibba Al Fujairah have been banned from catching six species of fish to preserve local fish stock. Five of the banned species are bedha (majarra), safi (streaked spine foot), biah (flathead mullet), sheri (spangled emperor) and hamour (thorny cheek grouper). The numbers of these species have dropped considerably in the past few months due to over fishing, Sulaiman Rashid Al Khadeem, chairman of Dibba Al Fujairah Fishermen's Association, told Gulf News yesterday. Fishermen ...  >>MORE

New fishing law tackles exploitation of marine areas

Posted on 22/03/2005

General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday issued Decision No 3 for 2005, organising fishing in Abu Dhabi. The decision says that no one is allowed to fish in the emirate's marine areas unless by permission from the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, which shall be the sole supervising authority. Sheikh Mohammad also appointed Khalid Eid Al Muraiki, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Crown ...  >>MORE

Ministry bans catching of badah fish

Posted on 16/03/2005

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, today issued a ministerial resolution prohibiting catching and selling of badah (Silver Biddy) fish in Abu Dhabi. The resolution also restricted fishing with Ghazl and Sakkar fixed fishing nets in Abu Dhabi during the period from April 1 to May 21. According to the resolution, violators will be punishable by the articles of law number 23 for 1999 on the exploitation and protection of marine eco-system in the UAE and relevant ...  >>MORE

New steps to conserve UAE fishery wealth

Posted on 25/12/2004

The fishing committee of eastern district is enforcing stricter rules to conserve the fishery resources. The committee has issued directives that fishing boats should not sail out of the harbour if the boat owner is not available unless the labourers carry their labour cards. It has urged the Coast Guard to implement this decision with immediate effect. It has also requested the Coast Guard to ensure that all fishing boats in the harbour had proper licences. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Decree outlines import of fishing equipment

Posted on 30/10/2004

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Saeed Al Raqbani issued a decree outlining last Tuesday import conditions of fishing equipment and registration procedures of fishing nets (Qarqeer). Under the decree, no one will be allowed to import, or, manufacture fishing equipment unless licensed by the Municipalities and Economic Department in the UAE and registered with the ministry's records, according to a report in "Khaleej Times.” The ministry will maintain records and regulate the import and ...  >>MORE

Fishing nets in demand

Posted on 16/10/2004

Ready to serve: A man arranges packs of new 'garageer' or metal fishing nets near the corniche in Sharjah. 'Garageer' fishing is popular in the UAE where the fishermen usually leave the nets in the sea overnight and collect the catch in the morning. The net is designed to allow young fish to escape. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

New Decree regulates the use of 'Halaaq' in Abu Dhabi Emirate

Posted on 29/09/2004

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), has issued a decree on the use of the encircling net locally known as "Halaaq" to fish these species in the waters off the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The move followed the beginning of the fishing season for large migratory species including the Spanish Mackerel locally known as Kana'ad. The new decree introduces ...  >>MORE

Hamdan issues decree regulating fishing practice

Posted on 02/08/2004

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has issued an administrative decree regulating the fishing practice by fixed nets (locally called sakkar) and encircling nets (locally known as daffara) in Abu Dhabi emirate as from the date of its issue. The decree is in application of federal law No. 23/1999 on the exploitation, protection and development of ...  >>MORE

Fishing decree amended in bid to boost catch

Posted on 05/07/2004

A new decree allowing fishermen to carry 125 gargours (nets) on their fishing boats to increase their catch and meet the demand of local market has been issued by Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The decree amended an earlier one issued last year which specified only 100 gargours per boat. According to a statement by the ERWDA, the amendment comes after a ...  >>MORE

Sharjah’s old fish market in three-month makeover mode

Posted on 05/06/2004

Customers at Sharjah fish market will soon find shopping much easier. According to a slew of measures being planned, customers will have better access to the old market and more parking areas as well as have a larger variety of fish from which to choose. The steps to improve the way the fish is sold are being taken by the municipality to meet the demands from customers. There are 44 shops at the market and nine fish-cleaning counters. Built in 1980, the market can no longer accommodate the ...  >>MORE

Fisheries sector is one of the most significant pillars of national economy: Raqbani

Posted on 17/04/2004

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries said that the progress made by the fisheries sector in the country over the last three decades is considered a qualitative leap, thanks to the tangible efforts being exerted by the fisheries section. Al Raqbani pointed out that the annual fish consumption rate of the individual in the country is 33 kilogram, which he said is considered one the world's highest rates compared to the world's consumption rate which is 18 kilogram per ...  >>MORE

Ministry bans fishing of Badh fish species

Posted on 01/04/2004

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries issued a ministerial decision yesterday, banning fishing of Badh fish species in Abu Dhabi emirate from April 1 until 21 May 2004. The Ministry also banned the use of the fixed fishing gear, Sakkar, during the same period. The decision warned that fishermen who will not abide by the ban will be dealt with in accordance with the Federal Law No. 23 for 1999. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Giant hybrid tilapia fish to be bred in UAE

Posted on 25/01/2004

Farmers in the UAE will soon be able to raise giant tilapia fish that can grow up to 200 grams within four months. Feasibility studies are currently underway and are likely to lead to cooperation agreements with experts in the Philippines, according to informed consular sources. The hybrid tilapia is said to have been genetically enhanced by special breeding programmes at a specialist centre in the Philippines. Scientists at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) combined ...  >>MORE

Fishing in the UAE- A blend of the past and modernity - WAM Special Feature

Posted on 10/01/2004

Every year around this time, the UAE beaches witness big hustling and bustling of fishermen in preparation for the fishing season which begins in January and ends in June. During this period fishermen wear big smile all time round in anticipation for good catches throughout the season. This means making more money to boost their income and financial standing, thus bring joy and satisfaction to their homes and families. Throughout the beaches of the long UAE coast, fishermen could be seen ...  >>MORE

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Number of fishermen on the rise as fish stocks dwindle


EAD releases juveniles, fingerlings to sustain Abu Dhabi's fisheries


Thousands of hammour released


Fish prices skyrocket in Fujairah


EAD to cooperate with Japan in the field of Aquaculture


Hamdan bin Zayed issues decision banning fishing, marketing of Al Badh, Arab Biya and Safi fish in reproduction period


Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority sets safety norms for new fish market


Fish supply must be better protected, officials say


Department adds 5,000 fish to reserve's waters


UAE-based scientist finds new fish species in Oman


Curbs on hammour sales to save stocks


Reviving the pearl’s lustre


Stronger regulations to preserve hammour


UAQ Marine Research Centre successfully hatches Hamour Larvae


EAD monitoring fishing vessels


New rule for fishing boats comes into effect today


Native wadi fish under threat


New decree on commercial fishing boats in Abu Dhabi issued


Large quantities of fish confiscated from Abu Dhabi Markets


Fishing by Al Halaq in Abu Dhabi is now banned


Overfishing starts full-scale alert


Depleted fish stocks will not affect UAE


Fish in UAE free of disease, says EAD


Discover age-old fishing techniques


Fish that wriggle out of trouble wadi waters


New plan to preserve UAE marine wealth


Helping to restore dwindling marine resources


Stocks of six species of fish in Fujairah depleting


New fishing law tackles exploitation of marine areas


Ministry bans catching of badah fish


New steps to conserve UAE fishery wealth


Decree outlines import of fishing equipment


Fishing nets in demand


New Decree regulates the use of 'Halaaq' in Abu Dhabi Emirate


Hamdan issues decree regulating fishing practice


Fishing decree amended in bid to boost catch


Sharjah’s old fish market in three-month makeover mode


Fisheries sector is one of the most significant pillars of national economy: Raqbani


Ministry bans fishing of Badh fish species


Giant hybrid tilapia fish to be bred in UAE


Fishing in the UAE- A blend of the past and modernity - WAM Special Feature