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THE ECONOMY - FISHING INDUSTRY

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

Fishermen wait for ministry to issue price list

Posted on 20/11/2003

East Coast residents and the fishermen's association are still waiting for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to issue a fixed price list of fish to be enforced all over the country. Ten months ago, a committee comprising the Eastern Agricultural Zone in Fujairah, fishermen's associations and municipalities was formed to prepare a list of prices for more than 25 varieties of fish. "We sent our list to the ministry for approval a long time ago and are still waiting for a reply. All ...  >>MORE

Asmak back on growth track, to start research joint venture in Oman

Posted on 10/11/2003

International Fish Farming Company (Asmak) is hard at work to consolidate operations and return to profits after suffering a loss in 2002. The company witnessed a strong growth in sales of farmed and fresh fish in the UAE and abroad during the first half of 2003, according to a report in the latest quarterly publication of the UAE Offsets Group, UOG. Total sales revenues stood at Dh 26 million (US$7.08 million) from Dh 2.35 million (US$640,152) in the corresponding period of the previous year, ...  >>MORE

Diera fish market to undergo Dh3m overhaul

Posted on 07/10/2003

The Dubai Fish Market in Diera is set to undergo a Dh3million overhaul in a project that is expected to boost annual income from Dh800,000 to well over Dh1.3 million. An extensive plan of refurbishment work at the market includes a seafood restaurant and even a museum for visitors showing them about the history of fishing in the region and details about some of the seafood available and other marine life. The revamped market is expected to be a major draw for residents and tourists alike ...  >>MORE

70pc rise in fish catches

Posted on 24/09/2003

The fishery sector has witnessed a steady growth during the last 20 years, with total annual catches increasing from 64,000 metric tonnes in 1978 to over 140,000 metric tonnes in 1999, recording an increase of more than 70 per cent, according to a report. The special report on the 'status of fish stock in the UAE', released by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) examines marine survey programmes carried out by local authorities, and identified areas where ...  >>MORE

Fishing sector grows steadily

Posted on 19/09/2003

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) have released a special report on the status of fish stock in the UAE, highlighting the country's initiatives to protect its marine environment. The UAE report published in Dar Al Khair periodical examines marine survey programmes carried out by local authorities, and identified areas where tremendous achievements have been made. Dedicated to raise awareness of the depletion of oceans and the situation of fish stock in ...  >>MORE

Asmak posts 650pc growth in revenue

Posted on 15/09/2003

The International Fish Farming Co (Asmak) posted a 650 per cent growth in revenue in the first half this year compared to the same period last year, a company statement said yesterday. Asmak started exporting frozen lobsters to the US in the second quarter of 2003. Lobsters are a high priced item and have the potential of adding extensively to Asmak's revenue in the near future. Asmak plans to increase its lobster exports to the US and other countries during the current season from September ...  >>MORE

Fish stocks dwindling due to coastal work

Posted on 17/08/2003

UAE fish stocks are fast experiencing depletion owing to environmental changes and human activities at the beaches, states a civic study. Dredging, sea reclamation and canal construction are the major factors behind the deterioration of fish habitat, in addition to environmental changes. The density of commercial and non-commercial fish species off the eastern coasts and Oman have dropped in per square kilometre from nine tonnes in 1978 to only 0.63 tonnes in 2002. In the Arab Gulf it dropped ...  >>MORE

UAE fishing fleet shrinks but production swells

Posted on 12/08/2003

The UAE's fishing fleet has shrunk by nearly 2,500 boats over the past five years, but output swelled to more than 114,000 tonnes in 2002 to make it the fifth biggest fish producer in the Arab world, according to official estimates. The number of fishermen has also sharply declined but industry sources said this has not affected performance given the introduction of sophisticated shipping equipment and the rich resources of the UAE's waters that enjoy government ecological protection. From ...  >>MORE

Nationals sail fishing boats to revive heritage

Posted on 02/08/2003

Young UAE national fishermen yesterday sailed a number of traditional fishing boats in an attempt to revive heritage. The Al Hajam boats were used in the old days for fishing. Fibreglass fishing boats are expensive and not as practical as traditional ones. Moreover, there have been at least five explosions on fibreglass boats. Ali Ahmed Al Shehi, a national, said these old boats line the shores, but weren't used for years. It was essential to train the young fishermen on how to build ...  >>MORE

Heat sends fish prices soaring on East Coast

Posted on 23/07/2003

While the onset of summer has led to a surge in fish prices across the country, prices in the East Coast have increased by over 50 per cent due to the scarcity of many species which have gone deep into the sea looking for cooler climes. Prices rise due to a shortage of fish every summer, said Sulaiman Rashid Al Khadeem, head of the Dibba Al Fujairah Fishermen's Association. Al Zeraidi, Al Hamour and Al Shuqqar are no longer available, while Al Sal, Al Gofer and Al Qubbat are being sold at high ...  >>MORE

Registration of new boats halted to save fish resources

Posted on 22/07/2003

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries stopped registration of new boats until further notice to curb the deterioration in fish resources, it was announced yesterday. The decision was based on a fish resources assessment survey conducted by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) in cooperation with the ministry and other local agencies along with an international consortium. Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, yesterday issued a ...  >>MORE

Asmak to export fresh-farmed fish to Saudi Arabia

Posted on 15/07/2003

Asmak, the International Fish Farming Company, has appointed the Dammam-based Al Oneizi Trading Establishment as the distributor for its fresh farmed and seafood products in the eastern and central provinces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the largest consumer market in the GCC and has the potential of becoming a major export destination for Asmak's fresh-farmed fish and seafood products as well as services in the near future. The contract with Al Oneizi will see Asmak ...  >>MORE

Integrated plan to develop fisheries sector in UAQ

Posted on 14/07/2003

Federal and local departments and private establishments have implemented an integrated plan to develop and rehabilitate the fisheries sector in Umm al-Qaiwain. The Umm al-Qaiwain Lands and Properties Department has played an important part in the plan, which aims to protect fish reserves. Sheikh Marwan bin Rashid Al Mualla, Chairman of the department, underlined the economic and social importance of the fisheries sector. The department has exerted every effort to boost the country's ...  >>MORE

Ministry gets tough on ghost fishing

Posted on 04/07/2003

The new regulations announced in March controlling "ghost" fishing - catching and throwing away fish that are too small - will be enforced in Abu Dhabi with effect from July 13, the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) announced yesterday. A public awareness campaign, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has been launched to help implement the regulation regarding the use of gargeer (fishing traps) in Abu Dhabi. The campaign, which kicked ...  >>MORE

Baby fish released to build stock

Posted on 29/06/2003

The Marine Resources Research Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries released a large number of Safi and Bayiah fish fingerlings in Dibba Al Fujairah waters. The operation was conducted in cooperation with Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality and the Fishermen's Society in the area. The average length of the 90-day-old Bayiah fingerlings is nine cm while that of the 80-day-old Safi fingerlings is seven cm. The two types of fish are in great demand and the Ministry of Agriculture and ...  >>MORE

Ban on new fishing licences welcomed

Posted on 23/06/2003

The Dibba Al Fujairah Fishermen's Association has praised the decision of Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, to stop the issuing new fishing licences. Sulaiman Rashid Al Khadeem, association director, said decision No. 1907 issued on May 25 by the minister to stop issuing new licences in the East Coast will boost the industry. "This will make fishermen who have registered fishing boats more responsible in providing the market with fish. It will remove those who ...  >>MORE

Fishing boats, fishermen increase in Fujairah

Posted on 14/06/2003

The number of fishing boats in Fujairah doubled last year compared to 2001. The number of fishermen also increased by around 65 per cent giving a great boost to the fishing industry in the emirate. According to recent report issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, represented by the Easter Agricultural Zone in Fujairah, the number of fishing boats in Fujairah reached 1,082 last year compared to only 503 in 2001 and 485 in 2000. The 1,082 fishing boats include 1, 059 petrol-operated ...  >>MORE

Fishing to be banned during spawning season

Posted on 17/05/2003

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is carrying out awareness campaigns among fishermen to protect fish stock during spawning season. Engineer Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Janahi, Head of the Fisheries Extension Section, said the ministry had issued guidelines and awareness pamphlets to fishermen. The campaigns are being carried out in preparation for a decision banning fishing during the reproductive season. The ministry has commissioned several studies on fishing that revealed most fish ...  >>MORE

Asmak to set up facility in Oman

Posted on 20/04/2003

The International Fishing Farming Co., Asmak, is setting up a shrimp and tuna production facility in Oman for exports to Japan, the U.S. and some other markets. "These are the company's new initiatives for 2003 to develop the fisheries industry in the region and to cater to the international market, Bernard Duria, General Manager of Asmak, told Gulf News. A feasibility study has been completed and detailed surveys, including environmental impact assessment are underway at the site in Oman ...  >>MORE

Asmak fishing for growth in new markets

Posted on 19/04/2003

In the last four years, Asmak has literally creating waves in the Arabian Gulf waters, having pioneered commercial aquaculture as well as promoting the fisheries industry in the region. Set up in 1999 as a public joint stock company, Asmak also played a key role in enabling the UAE secure rights to export fish to the European Union along with the General Secretariat of Municipalities through its expert advice and work. Asmak has four fish farms in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and two in Oman, apart ...  >>MORE

Shortage of fish sparks price rise in RAK, Al Muaireed markets

Posted on 13/04/2003

Al Qibab, a favourite fish among UAE nationals, was sold over the week at Dh60 apiece at Ras Al Khaimah and Al Muaireed fish markets. It usually sells at Dh15. Fishermen and customers said the price rise was because of a shortage. Al Qibab is hard to find in UAE waters these days. The shortage was noticed a few years ago and has now become severe. Waters off Ras Al Khaimah were once abundant with the fish. Saleh Hanbaloh, a senior fisherman at the Al Muaireed Fish Market, said the fish is ...  >>MORE

Major decline in demersal fish stocks, says ERWDA survey

Posted on 12/04/2003

Coastline modifications in the UAE, including activities as dredging, land reclamation and channelling of the sea-bed, have paralleled major declines of demersal fish stocks. This is part of the findings of the fish resource assessment survey project conducted from February 2, 2002, to January 23, 2003 on the demersal and small pelagic resources of the UAE by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The project has provided the first fisheries independent data of the ...  >>MORE

Use of Gargour restricted

Posted on 29/03/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, under his capacity as the Deputy Chairman of Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), has issued a decree regulating the use and manufacture of 'Gargour', metallic netted basket trap, for fishing in Abu Dhabi. The new regulation allows Gargour's use only on licensed wooden dhows locally known as 'Lansh' and its use at any other platform is unlawful. The regulation applies to all fishing vessels ...  >>MORE

Agriculture Ministry bans Bedha fishing

Posted on 26/03/2003

Saeed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, today issued a decision banning fishing of Gerres Oyena, or " Bedha fish" as locally known, in all the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the period from April 1 to May 21 in a move aimed at preserving fish resources. Any one found violating the moratorium will be prosecuted as stipulated by Federal Law No 23 for 1999 on the exploitation, protection and development of live marine resources in the UAE and the executive decisions ...  >>MORE

UAE, Oman in joint fisheries census

Posted on 24/03/2003

The UAE and Oman have undertaken a joint fisheries census to assess marine resources and chalk out a sustainable industry that can provide jobs to nationals. The exercise, on which Oman is particularly keen, is being conducted by a New Zealand consultancy. "The initiative could lead to an excellent fisheries industry in this part of the world which could, if managed properly, yield an annual dividend on a sustainable basis," sources said. They pointed out the UAE's growing processed marine ...  >>MORE

Hamdan issues decree on fishing in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 20/03/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Board Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, has issued last week a decree on rules and regulations organising fishing by fish traps in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The decree, which took effect from the date of its issuance, allows a grace period of three months to put in place all the necessary executive instruments of the rules governing the six-article decree. Article ...  >>MORE

Fish resources assessment survey project completed

Posted on 19/02/2003

The Fish Resources Assessment Survey in UAE waters, conducted by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) in cooperation with the UAE concerned agencies and an international consortium has been completed. Final results of the survey were presented in the workshop organized by ERWDA today at the Inter-continental Hotel, Abu Dhabi, according to a press release issued today. The workshop was inaugurated by Majid Al Mansouri, ERWDA's Secretary General and attended by the ...  >>MORE

Agency to present fish stock survey

Posted on 18/02/2003

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) will present the final results of the Fish Resources Assessment Survey of the UAE Waters at a workshop here today. The workshop will highlight the survey, methodology and approach with a brief mention of the previous studies; changes in biomass and comparisons between acoustic, trawl and trapping survey of fish. The other topics include satellite imagery covering four fishing seasons, analyses of the resources in the UAE waters ...  >>MORE

Fishermen hail efforts to set up co-operative

Posted on 16/02/2003

Fishermen's associations in the East Coast hailed the efforts being made to set up the UAE Fishermen's Cooperative Union which would help fishermen lead more profitable lives. They attended several meetings in Dubai last week to discuss the requirements to formally announce the new union, through which all fishermen's associations in the country would cooperate. Sulaiman Rashid Al Khadeem, Chairman of Dibba Al Fujairah Fishermen's Association, told Gulf News that they have elected two members ...  >>MORE

Fish stock improves with protection

Posted on 05/02/2003

Fish resources have steadily grown over the last two decades in the UAE particularly in Abu Dhabi, according to a report published by the Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA. The report says the growth is associated with mounting concern over the conditions of fisheries and sea resources in the region and is part of ERWDA's five-year strategy on environmental protection in Abu Dhabi. Titled "Environmental Strategy and Action Plans 2003-2007 for the Emirate of Abu ...  >>MORE

UAE exporting fish to GCC countries

Posted on 19/01/2003

Fishermen have been exporting large quantities of fish to the other GCC states as the catch here has exceeded local demand. Mohammed Al Zaabi, Head of the Fisheries Section at the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, said supply has surpassed demand this season. Hence, traders have been allowed to export to GCC countries. Exporting is not done at random. The trader must obtain a permit from the department, which is granted if he has a certificate of origin along with ...  >>MORE

Fish resources rise under protection

Posted on 08/01/2003

Fish resources have steadily grown over the last two decades in the UAE, particularly in Abu Dhabi, according to a report published by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The report says the growth is associated with mounting concern over the conditions of fisheries and sea resources in the region and is part of ERWDA's five-year strategy on environmental protection and conservation in Abu Dhabi. Titled Environmental Strategy and Action Plans 2003-2007 for the ...  >>MORE

Environmentally Friendly Net to be used for Migratory Species

Posted on 29/12/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has issued a decree allowing the use of a Lampara net locally known as "Halaaq" to fish migratory species in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This encircling net is a modification of a seine net in that it lacks the bottom purse part that seals the net shut when it is hauled. Fishing by the Lampara is considered an alternative method to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi fish shops privatised

Posted on 10/11/2002

Fish sellers here were given the right to keep their catches when the Abu Dhabi Fishermen's Cooperative Society (ADFCS) on Friday decided to privatise shops, retaining just a few. The Central and Mina Fish Market traders, who handed over their stalls to ADFCS two years ago, were overjoyed to regain their old businesses. According to Saeed Ibrahim Al Za'abi of the society, almost all the fish trading stalls at the two markets have been rented out to private traders. The role of the ADFCS will ...  >>MORE

Fish hatchlings released

Posted on 04/11/2002

The International Fish Farming Company (ASMAK) yesterday released 25,000 fingerlings in the sea near Al Jazeera Al Hamrah. The release is a joint effort between ASMAK, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and UAE University to increase natural fish stock and preserve it. The fish released were hamour, sha'am and sobaity that were born in the ASMAK hatchery in Kuwait. Dr Saif Al Ghais, a biologist in the UAE University and a Member of the Board of Directors of ASMAK, said active ...  >>MORE

Marine centre moves to boost fish output

Posted on 27/10/2002

The Marine Resources Research Centre (MRRC) here has undertaken an ambitious fish-farming project to carry out the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries bid to increase fish production. The ministry has a contract with Asmak, a company specialised in fish farming, to set up a sophisticated aquaculture unit to raise Safi fingerlings. The aim is to produce 13 million Safi fingerlings per year - part of them will be released into the Gulf waters, and the remainder will be invested by the company. ...  >>MORE

UAE exported 515 tons of fish in September

Posted on 20/10/2002

A total of 515 tons of fish were exported from the UAE by land during September, a monthly ministry report said. " Eighty eight tons of local fish with a value of Dh656.6 million, and 427 tons of non- local fish with a value of Dh2.6 million were exported and re- exported respectively last month," said Obeid Juma al Matroushi, Assistant Under Secretary for Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. "Fishermen should implement the federal law no. 23 of 1999, for the protection, ...  >>MORE

France to import UAE fish

Posted on 29/09/2002

France yesterday agreed to import fish from the UAE in line with a European Union decision allowing the import of fish from GCC states. Jasim Mohammed bin Darwish, Secretary General of the UAE Municipalities, said that the French authorities had given the official approval for the import of fish from the UAE after handing over required standards to the UAE side. Earlier, the EU said that the UAE request for being included in the list of fish exporting countries to EU markets had met the ...  >>MORE

Nationwide survey of UAE fish stocks

Posted on 04/09/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, is undertaking the second quarterly progress review of a year-long Fisheries Resource Assessment Survey. In a statement sent to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, ERWDA said that the purpose of the review was to assess the progress and confirm through quality assurance that survey objectives had been achieved. It added that training courses for fishermen will also be conducted at ERWDA headquarters. These programs fell in line with ...  >>MORE

Asmak looks to be in black by year-end

Posted on 16/08/2002

The International Fish Farming Co. (Asmak) is aiming to return to profits in the current year with production capacity going up to 5,000 tonnes by this year-end, mainly on the back of demand from EU markets. "In the second half of this year, the company is concentrating its efforts to focus in some operational directions and targets which will allow the company to turn into profit in the current financial year," said Dr. Abdulhamid Aboufayed, Asmak senior manager. It is setting up and ...  >>MORE

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


Fishermen wait for ministry to issue price list


Asmak back on growth track, to start research joint venture in Oman


Diera fish market to undergo Dh3m overhaul


70pc rise in fish catches


Fishing sector grows steadily


Asmak posts 650pc growth in revenue


Fish stocks dwindling due to coastal work


UAE fishing fleet shrinks but production swells


Nationals sail fishing boats to revive heritage


Heat sends fish prices soaring on East Coast


Registration of new boats halted to save fish resources


Asmak to export fresh-farmed fish to Saudi Arabia


Integrated plan to develop fisheries sector in UAQ


Ministry gets tough on ghost fishing


Baby fish released to build stock


Ban on new fishing licences welcomed


Fishing boats, fishermen increase in Fujairah


Fishing to be banned during spawning season


Asmak to set up facility in Oman


Asmak fishing for growth in new markets


Shortage of fish sparks price rise in RAK, Al Muaireed markets


Major decline in demersal fish stocks, says ERWDA survey


Use of Gargour restricted


Agriculture Ministry bans Bedha fishing


UAE, Oman in joint fisheries census


Hamdan issues decree on fishing in Abu Dhabi


Fish resources assessment survey project completed


Agency to present fish stock survey


Fishermen hail efforts to set up co-operative


Fish stock improves with protection


UAE exporting fish to GCC countries


Fish resources rise under protection


Environmentally Friendly Net to be used for Migratory Species


Abu Dhabi fish shops privatised


Fish hatchlings released


Marine centre moves to boost fish output


UAE exported 515 tons of fish in September


France to import UAE fish


Nationwide survey of UAE fish stocks


Asmak looks to be in black by year-end