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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - MARINE AND COASTAL ENVIRONMENT

Hundreds in Dubai paddle in campaign for cleaner seas

Posted on 03/06/2012

Children paddled with their parents, teenagers rowed in kayaks with friends, and teams of men and women sped out to sea in dragon boats as part of a global event for cleaner oceans yesterday. More than 400 enthusiasts gathered on Kite Beach off Umm Suqeim to support Paddle for the Planet, which aims to raise awareness about protecting the sea. "Events like this are very important for Dubai because it increases understanding about the ecosystem," said Scott Sanderson, an Irish expatriate who ...  >>MORE

Dugongs' movements in Gulf now tracked by satellites

Posted on 31/05/2012

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi is tracking the movements of four dugongs in the Arabian Gulf after tagging them with satellite transmitters this month. The tagging is part of a government effort to learn more about dugong migration in the Gulf, the state news agency WAM reported. The rare marine mammals were tagged near the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve and Al Yasat Island. So far, they have been foraging within 10 to 15 kilometres of the place at which they were released. They ...  >>MORE

Turtle Nesting

Posted on 17/05/2012

The critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles are continuing to nest on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island under the observation of the Tourism Development and Investment Company's (TDIC) environmental affairs team, as part of the company's Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Programme. The only one of its kind in the Arabian Gulf, the nests containing between 90 and 100 eggs are expected to hatch within 50-70 days. "The yearly return of the turtles is testament to the success of this conservation ...  >>MORE

Effort by 150 volunteers renders Dubai’s last natural beach algae and litter-free

Posted on 15/05/2012

The second phase of a campaign series to raise environmental awareness in the Middle East has seen Dubai's last remaining natural beach — a protected marine reserve — cleaned of litter and algae pollution. Siemens, Volkswagen and Rotana have been working together on a series of events that will help to educate the public, raising awareness of the need to protect the Middle East's varied habitats and the wildlife that depends on them. Having collected and recycled 1,000kg of litter from ...  >>MORE

Hundreds of UAE residents watch as turtles released into sea

Posted on 12/05/2012

On the sun-drenched beaches of Ghantoot Reserve Friday, a bale of Hawksbill turtles checked out of hospital and made a beeline for the clear waters of the Gulf. More than 600 onlookers watched as science teams from Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) and Jumeirah Group helped about 50 dinner-plate sized marine turtles go home. The scene was inspiring as biologists gently liberated the turtles from grey plastic transport boxes and flippers automatically kicked into rowing mode even ...  >>MORE

Fur seals join Emirates Park Zoo for daily shows

Posted on 09/05/2012

Five fur seals from southern Africa have become the latest residents at the Emirates Park Zoo - and they're prepared to work for their lodgings. From Friday the seals, usually found in Namibia's Cape Cross, will perform every day at the zoo's Flamingo Park in Al Bahia. The performances will include educational and photography sessions, and chances for the audience to interact with the animals. "The seals joining our zoo reflect our commitment to teach, entertain and educate children of ...  >>MORE

New shark species found in RAK

Posted on 04/05/2012

A marine biologist hopes she may soon be lending her name to a new species of shark she discovered in UAE waters. Rima Jabado, who for the past two years has been cataloguing shark species in the Emirates' waters, recently found the fish at a landing site in Ras Al Khaimah. She said her curiosity was sparked by subtle differences in the teeth and the shape of the sharks' mouths. "They are smaller sharks, similar to the milk sharks," Ms Jabado said. "They don't grow very big. I found very few ...  >>MORE

Sea turtles tracked while swimming to cooler waters

Posted on 02/05/2012

The arrival of summer is the trigger for plans to escape to cooler climes. This is as true for UAE residents as for the hundreds of endangered marine turtles that live along the country's shores. But while humans need to make a plane ride or at least a car trip to escape the heat, the turtles' plan is simpler - they swim into deeper, cooler waters. The trend is becoming apparent in a study that examines the migration patterns of female Hawksbill turtles in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia ...  >>MORE

Shark baby boom at Dubai's Atlantis

Posted on 15/03/2012

Atlantis, The Palm is preparing for a baby boom of a fishy kind — sharks and rays. "It is that time of the year. As temperatures rise, we anticipate new baby sharks and rays to be born by end of the year from heavy mating in the lagoons. "Although it is difficult to predict the number, but up to ten new baby sharks and rays can be expected to be born by end of the year," said Nicholas Derbyshire, Manager, Animal Acquisitions, Atlantis. He said aggressive mating behaviour by a breed of ...  >>MORE

Protect the dugong and you're protecting fish too

Posted on 04/03/2012

If dugongs become extinct, the impact will not be limited merely to the fact that future generations will not get to see the marine mammal — their absence will almost surely have an impact on the availability of sea fish, the staple diet of millions of people across the world. Dugong deaths thus have a direct bearing on fish stocks and the livelihoods of millions of people and the world economy, too, experts told Gulf News recently in Abu Dhabi. Dugongs, often known as ‘sea cows', are ...  >>MORE

Dugong, Seagrass & Coastal Communities initiative launched

Posted on 28/02/2012

A programme to improve livelihoods and create economic opportunity in exchange for the conservation of dugongs and their seagrass habitat was officially launched in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The Dugong, Seagrass and Coastal Communities Initiative aims to attract funding partners whose investment in rural coastal communities and local partnerships will return financial and environmental benefits to communities in developing nations. The initiative will provide incentives for conservation ...  >>MORE

20 turtles wash up on Saadiyat this winter

Posted on 02/02/2012

Viktor Bondarchuk is an expert at saving lives. But this distress call was different. When he saw an endangered hawksbill turtle being tossed around in the waves at Saadiyat Beach, the 27-year-old from Ukraine knew its life depended on him and managed to save it. A few days later, another turtle was found upturned on the same stretch of the beach, this time by a security guard. The Monte-Carlo Beach Club lifeguard and the club's recreation manager and resident environmentalist, Clare ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality to observe World Wetlands Day on Thursday

Posted on 01/02/2012

The Environment Department of the Dubai Municipality will join rest of the world in observing the World Wetlands Day on Thursday with a variety of activities to protect the flora and fauna and its development. The initiative is a manifestation of civic body's support to the worldwide campaign to spread awareness on the significance of wetlands' protection and conservation. The municipality has charted out various activities to mark the occasion under the title "Wetland Tourism: A Great ...  >>MORE

Marine biodiversity under threat

Posted on 23/01/2012

Growing prosperity together with an increasing population in the Gulf states is exacting a heavy toll on coastal marine life in the Arabian Gulf, experts heard at a marine environmental conference this week. To limit further damage in the UAE, experts called for the expansion of protected marine areas along the UAE coastline. They also suggested a coordinated plan by all GCC countries to counter marine damage and streamline environmental stewardship into a unified approach to save ...  >>MORE

Sharjah’s own eco-treasure island

Posted on 12/12/2011

The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) in Sharjah unveiled on Sunday findings of its scientific research to monitor fungal life forms in Sir Bu Nair Island, which is under the jurisdiction of Sharjah. The study recorded over 324 nests of the hawksbill turtle in all the beaches on the island, the authority announced in a press conference held on Sunday at the Al Qasba Theatre. The island is an important location for the hawksbill turtle in the Arabian Gulf and especially in the ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi releases rehabilitated 'Amal' the Hawksbill Turtle

Posted on 11/12/2011

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has released a young Hawksbill turtle back into Abu Dhabi waters after successfully nursing her back to good health. The turtle was in critical condition after it was discovered off the shores of Abu Dhabi a few weeks ago. The rehabilitation process was carried out at the ‘Bu Tinah Experience' dome on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, which featured a pool for injured and sick turtles rescued from UAE waters. The baby Hawksbill, which EAD's biodiversity experts ...  >>MORE

Campaign to save endangered Gulf turtles

Posted on 04/12/2011

Nokia and Emirates Wildlife Society, in association with the World Wildlife Fund, are going ahead with a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the region's Marine Turtle Conservation Project. As part of the initiative, mobile phone users who recycle their old mobiles at any Nokia Care Centre in UAE, Oman and Qatar stand to win one of 200 Turtle Adoption Packs, which includes an adoption certificate for the endangered Hawksbill turtles which are native to Gulf waters. The Marine Turtle ...  >>MORE

Hundreds cheer as Emerald heads home

Posted on 27/11/2011

In 2008, a 40-kilogram green sea turtle was found floating with near-fatal injuries off the coast of Jebel Ali. But through the efforts of the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP), she was yesterday released into the sea from the beach at the Mina A'Salam hotel as hundreds of onlookers cheered. The turtle, named Emerald, was taken to within 15 metres of the water in a crate and pointed towards the sea, but just lay there, seemingly in a state of disbelief. Dr Mariam Hampel, who ...  >>MORE

Nakheel to create 500 artificial reefs off Dubai

Posted on 24/11/2011

Nakeel, which does not permit "commercial" fishing at any of it waterfront developments, will create over 500 artificial reefs that will improve habitat for reef fishes in Dubai's waters. "There will be a minimum of over 500 artificial reefs which will be built using the natural resources (rocks) in our country,” Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said. The initiative is being launched with Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG), a UAE-based non-profit organization, with fishing possible ...  >>MORE

EAD and TOTAL partnering for Dugong Conservation

Posted on 17/11/2011

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Total United Arab Emirates (Total UAE) yesterday marked the extension of sponsorship for EAD's Dugong Conservation Programme. Total is sponsoring the program since 1999. The event also simultaneously launched the book "Abu Dhabi: Nature Preserved" published by National Geographic. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD, said: "A significant proportion of the world's dugongs occur in the Arabian Gulf. About 40 percent of this ...  >>MORE

Fourth episode of environment show with Ask Ali explains importance of corals to the UAE

Posted on 25/10/2011

Protecting and preserving coral reefs as a critical habitat has been highlighted as a key priority by Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). The fourth episode of "The Environment Show with Ask Ali" places great emphasis on the importance of coral reefs - to Abu Dhabi's biodiversity and human safety, and is being screened at the Eco-Cinema at the "Bu Tinah Experience" dome this entire week. Thabit Al Abdessalaam, Director of Biodiversity ...  >>MORE

Environmentalists return 35 Hawksbill turtles to sea

Posted on 23/10/2011

A total of 35 Hawksbill turtles were returned to the sea yesterday after they were washed up on UAE beaches due to exhaustion or undernourishment. After several months with the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation project the tiny animals, which are critically endangered, were released from the Emirates Marine Environment Group (EMEG) beach reserve. Despite rough seas yesterday morning, all turtles made a beeline for the water. "More care needs to be given to the beaches of the UAE to protect ...  >>MORE

Global ocean clean-up drive to sail onto capital shores

Posted on 17/10/2011

Abu Dhabi has teamed up with the Volvo Ocean Race to bring its ‘Keep The Oceans Clean' initiative to the emirate's Corniche Destination Village this New Year, as part of the fortnight-long hosting of the round-the-world race, known as the ‘Everest of Sailing'. ‘Keep The Oceans Clean', a global campaign that encourages action against ocean pollution threatening sea-life, will involve a series of free community art projects which will run in the Destination Village from Dec 31 - Jan.14 next ...  >>MORE

EAD official stresses importance of Mangroves

Posted on 10/10/2011

With the United Arab Emirates having 75 square kilometres of mangrove forests, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General at Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), said yesterday it was important to conserve and protect this species. The mangrove is a unique tree species which helps reduce the impact of climate change, acts as a nursery to the emirate's fish stocks and as a buffer protecting coastal areas against extreme weather events. The species is often referred to as the lungs of the ...  >>MORE

Hawksbill turtle eggs hatch safely on Saadiyat

Posted on 14/09/2011

A batch of over 300 hawksbill turtle eggs hatched safely on Saadiyat Beach last week, under the observation of Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC) - developer of Saadiyat island. The company's qualified environment affairs team monitored the hatching, as they have done in previous years. The nine kilometre stretch of pristine beach plays host to several hawksbill turtle nests every year. The turtle eggs hatched from nests at the northern end of Saadiyat, between Monte Carlo ...  >>MORE

Public urged to report whale shark sightings

Posted on 23/08/2011

Any sightings of whale sharks dead or alive in the wild should be reported to the main Dubai-based research body, Sharkwatch Arabia. A washed-up whale shark found dead last week in Musandam was a loss for the ocean and a missed-opportunity for science. No information was gathered from the large whale shark which could have offered researchers the chance to collect DNA samples or even investigate stomach contents as no one alerted them, said David Robinson, founder of Sharkwatch Arabia. ...  >>MORE

Coral reef planted off Khorfakkan

Posted on 17/07/2011

The Environment Protection Committee at the Khorfakkan Municipal Council has completed planting of coral reef on the seabed. The move is part of executing a project that aims at recreating suitable habitats for fish propagation and growing of coral reefs. The planting was carried out by a team of professional divers from Seas Diving Boats in collaboration with Marine Environment Research Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture in Al Marqa area. Two iron cages were lowered to the sea bed to ...  >>MORE

Speedy wins the Great Gulf Turtle Race

Posted on 12/07/2011

The Great Gulf Turtle Race, which spanned five weeks and four countries across the Gulf region, has come to a close and its winners have been announced by the Emirates Wildlife Society and WWF. In an attempt to raise awareness and interest about marine turtles and their plight as endangered species, the EWS and WWF launched the Great Gulf Turtle Race which ended recently. Speedy, a turtle tagged in Iran, earned the title of long distance traveller, clocking in a total of 670km in just 35 ...  >>MORE

Turtles will taste freedom Thursday

Posted on 16/06/2011

Rescued and rehabilitated hawksbill turtles are to be released back into the sea Thursday in celebration of World Sea Turtle Day. One hundred turtles were released earlier this year for Earth Day, and this week another 101 turtles will be returned to the Arabian Gulf by the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP), a collaboration between the Wildlife Protection Office and the Burj Al Arab aquarium. Before their release the turtles are being kept in a new turtle pen at the Mina A'Salam ...  >>MORE

Scientists hope to restore Abu Dhabi's coral reefs

Posted on 12/06/2011

They have clung to survival in the Gulf's inhospitable waters for millennia, but key coral species could be wiped out altogether by rising sea temperatures. Scientists are conducting a two-year study off the coast of Abu Dhabi to assess what coral species remain following an environmental disaster more than a decade ago, and how to repopulate them. Ten reefs on the emirate's coastline are being examined in the collaborative study by New York University and the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Turtle recall as rescued reptiles return to the sea

Posted on 09/06/2011

A family of 13 sea turtles shuffled back into the wild yesterday after living for more than a year in a rehabilitation tank. And some of the group of 12 juveniles and their adopted mother, an adult green turtle, needed less help than others to make the journey to the open waters. The smallest one - about 15cm long and the only baby green turtle among the batch of 11 hawksbills - was the first to find its bearings when taken out of the blue plastic tank and placed on the sands of Al Khan ...  >>MORE

Great Gulf Turtle Race gets under way in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 06/06/2011

Recently equipped with satellite tracking GPS devices to record their movements and ultimately protect their habitat, 22 out of 24 tagged Hawksbill turtles swimming in GCC waters are competing in the Great Gulf Turtle Race. Beginning on Monday, their movements can be tracked and visitors will be able to cheer for their favourite turtles at http://www.gulfturtles.com. This spring, conservation teams from the Emirates ...  >>MORE

Penguin chicks waddle into Dubai history

Posted on 20/04/2011

Applause broke out yesterday for the first set of newborn penguins at a Dubai aquarium as two nine-week-old chicks waddled gingerly out of a small white cave into public view. The Humboldt penguin chicks at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, repeatedly moved in and out of their nest, their plain, grey coats the only indication of their tender age. At 50 centimetres, they are already almost as tall as their mother. "We are very happy, very excited about these babies," said Rabbi ...  >>MORE

Hawksbill turtles released in UAE

Posted on 17/04/2011

A group of about 350 enthusiastic UAE residents was up bright and early on a recent morning, to witness the release of 40 rehabilitated hawksbill turtles into the sea at the Ghantoot reserve. What was really thoughtful and commendable was that the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) volunteers not only showed us their precious treasure before the release, but also invited young children to see the turtles up close as they gingerly made their way into the sea. It was fascinating to ...  >>MORE

Inspectors save 11 hawksbill turtles covered in sea debris

Posted on 03/04/2011

Young Hawksbill turtles, covered in different types of sea waste, were found on the shores of Dubai recently. Inspectors of the Marine Environment and Wildlife Section of Dubai Municipality rescued 11 young Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) of length 3-5 inches and weighing 50-150 grams. They were found during the inspectors' daily patrols of coastal areas. Most of their [turtles] body parts were covered in different types of sea waste which hindered their movement and also ...  >>MORE

Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project cares for over 210 stranded turtles

Posted on 16/03/2011

The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) has received over 210 sick or injured marine turtles since December, with the project receiving over 45 animals on one day alone in January. This is the largest number of turtles by far that the project has received in any one season, due to the cold and stormy weather and increased public awareness. Dubai's only turtle rehabilitation project is a collaboration between The Wildlife Protection Office and Jumeirah's Aquarium team, with essential ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid unveils Khalifa Research Centre

Posted on 10/02/2011

The Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched here on Wednesday Dh75 million Khalifa Research Centre for Marine Environment in Umm Al Qaiwain. Launched at the expense of Sheikh Khalifa, the centre aims to develop research, protect national fishery reserve and preserve the environment. The centre was set up during the inspection tour of Sheikh Mohammed to the Research Centre for Marine Environment, of the Ministry of ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi plants 800,000 Mangrove Saplings along the Coast of Saadiyat and Jubail Islands

Posted on 08/02/2011

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has planted 800,000 mangrove plants saplings along the coast of Saadiyat and Jubail Islands. The project, which began in November 2009 and has just concluded, was launched with the aim of alleviating the effects of property development on the Islands' coastal habitats. The planting project was developed by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) as a proactive plan for large-scale mangrove (Avicennia ...  >>MORE

Four stations set up to monitor seabed

Posted on 02/02/2011

Four monitoring stations have been set up on the seabed between Fujairah and Dibba to help protect the natural environment. This project aims at maintaining the coral reefs and protecting marine rocks, shells and coloured oysters mainly from dredging and fishing. The project is being carried out by the Department of Environment at Fujairah Municipality, the US-based Corals Reef Institute and the Emirates Wild Life Association in collaboration with the World
Nature Fund. His Highness ...  >>MORE

One shell of a trip

Posted on 25/01/2011

The secret aqua adventures of 20 endangered flippered friends have been revealed by scientists after a six-month monitoring experiment. The marine biologists have been given a glimpse into the mysterious lives of Hawksbill turtles, which were fitted with tagging devices before being released off the UAE coast last summer. Emirates Wildlife Society (EWF-WWF) has partnered with the Marine Research Foundation to follow the creatures feeding and breeding habits. EWF-WWF's director of ...  >>MORE

Five-star home for a variety of fish in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 16/01/2011

Over a thousand fish of different sizes and species picked a five-star hotel in the capital as their new home. Yellowmouth Grouper, Dog Snapper, Blue Runner and many more breeds made the 700-metre waterway that connects the entire Qaryat Al Beri complex their new home. It was a surprise to the engineering team who discovered the presence of aquatic life in the canal. The team is protecting, feeding and ensuring that the water is suitable for their new guests. "The discovery of fish in the ...  >>MORE

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Hundreds in Dubai paddle in campaign for cleaner seas


Dugongs' movements in Gulf now tracked by satellites


Turtle Nesting


Effort by 150 volunteers renders Dubai’s last natural beach algae and litter-free


Hundreds of UAE residents watch as turtles released into sea


Fur seals join Emirates Park Zoo for daily shows


New shark species found in RAK


Sea turtles tracked while swimming to cooler waters


Shark baby boom at Dubai's Atlantis


Protect the dugong and you're protecting fish too


Dugong, Seagrass & Coastal Communities initiative launched


20 turtles wash up on Saadiyat this winter


Dubai Municipality to observe World Wetlands Day on Thursday


Marine biodiversity under threat


Sharjah’s own eco-treasure island


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi releases rehabilitated 'Amal' the Hawksbill Turtle


Campaign to save endangered Gulf turtles


Hundreds cheer as Emerald heads home


Nakheel to create 500 artificial reefs off Dubai


EAD and TOTAL partnering for Dugong Conservation


Fourth episode of environment show with Ask Ali explains importance of corals to the UAE


Environmentalists return 35 Hawksbill turtles to sea


Global ocean clean-up drive to sail onto capital shores


EAD official stresses importance of Mangroves


Hawksbill turtle eggs hatch safely on Saadiyat


Public urged to report whale shark sightings


Coral reef planted off Khorfakkan


Speedy wins the Great Gulf Turtle Race


Turtles will taste freedom Thursday


Scientists hope to restore Abu Dhabi's coral reefs


Turtle recall as rescued reptiles return to the sea


Great Gulf Turtle Race gets under way in Abu Dhabi


Penguin chicks waddle into Dubai history


Hawksbill turtles released in UAE


Inspectors save 11 hawksbill turtles covered in sea debris


Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project cares for over 210 stranded turtles


Mohammed bin Rashid unveils Khalifa Research Centre


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi plants 800,000 Mangrove Saplings along the Coast of Saadiyat and Jubail Islands


Four stations set up to monitor seabed


One shell of a trip


Five-star home for a variety of fish in Abu Dhabi