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THE ECONOMY - FISHING INDUSTRY

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

Successful spawning at MRRC

Posted on 12/08/2002

The Marine Resources Research Centre (MRRC) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Umm Al Quwain has successfully produced a total of 272,686 fingerlings of various fish species during the spawning season this year. Of these, over 98,482 were rabbitfish fingerlings which have been released in various lagoons and creeks on the west and east coasts of UAE, while some have been stocked in the 'grow-out' culture ponds for the purpose of carrying out studies at the centre. According ...  >>MORE

Water table dipping at alarming rate

Posted on 13/07/2002

Well water levels are falling rapidly, even as underground water quality is deteriorating, a senior official has warned. Diminishing rainfall in the UAE for the past few years coupled with higher demand for irrigation or private usage are the primary reason for the substantial underground water resources being used up, creating the water shortage in the wells. Abdullah Khalfan Al Shoraiki, who heads the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, said some farmers have been ...  >>MORE

Export of seafood to EU countries begins

Posted on 10/07/2002

The UAE recently started exporting seafood to European countries, said a senior Dubai Municipality official. Adnan Ahmed Al Galaf, Head of Food Safety Unit at the Food control Section at the Public Health Department, said: "A committee from the European Union will make regular visits to Dubai and the other emirates to inspect the seafood establishments, in order to allow the importation of food from the UAE to Europe." The committee recommended some changes in some of these establishments ...  >>MORE

Ministry to streamline fish transport

Posted on 07/07/2002

An official at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has urged the need to take greater care in transporting and selling fish in the local market to avoid any contamination due to hot weather conditions. The ministry is co-ordinating with municipalities all over the country to keep a strict watch over the fish market. = The new rules are already being implemented in Dubai fish markets while the ministry is co-ordinating with municipalities in other emirates to implement them. The ...  >>MORE

UAE to export Dh11 million fisheries products to EU

Posted on 29/06/2002

The UAE will be exporting farmed fish and fishing products worth Dh11 million in the coming six months to European Union (EU) markets following the approval of EU, according to an official of ASMAK (International Fish Farming Company). "From now till the end of this year we will be exporting 550 tonnes of fish from fish farms in the UAE and fisheries products worth around Dh11 million to markets in EU," Dr Abdulhamid Aboufayed, senior manager, ASMAK told "Khaleej Times". "The European Union ...  >>MORE

UAE gets EC nod to export fish products

Posted on 21/06/2002

The UAE yesterday received the European Commission's green light to export marine products to Eurozone countries, "Gulf News" reported today. The decision is to be published in the EC's official journal today, and exports from the UAE can begin three days later, officials in Brussels confirmed yesterday. A spokesperson for the health and consumer protection directorate general explained the UAE has been placed in Part II of the list of countries that are allowed to export marine products to ...  >>MORE

RAK call to build new fishing ports

Posted on 12/06/2002

National fishermen have urged the authorities to build new fishing ports and send their request to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Mubarak Ali Al Shamsi, Director General of the Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, said the municipality will do its best to implement their request and will send recommendation letters to the ministry. He was speaking yesterday at a meeting of the Higher Fishing Committee. He underlined the importance of adhering to all fishing rules and the New Federal ...  >>MORE

Limitation to fishing licences in Abu Dhabi, says report

Posted on 09/06/2002

Following a preliminary assessment of the size of stocks of commercially caught fish species in the waters of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the number of commercial fishing licences for the Emirate should be limited to 1,000, according to the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development, Agency, ERWDA. In its annual report for the year 2001, issued recently, the Agency noted that Federal law no. 23 for 1999 on the protection, development and exploitation of marine resources had come into effect ...  >>MORE

EU to lift ban on UAE fish export

Posted on 03/06/2002

While the UAE authorities are in touch with their EU counterparts on being allowed to resume fish exports, the official green light is still to come. "The General Secretariat of UAE Municipalities (GSM) is the sole official body vested with pursuing the matter," a spokesman said yesterday. "We are in contact with Brussels, our application is pending with them, it is currently under process, and we hope to get the go-ahead shortly – but we have not as yet received word officially from them that ...  >>MORE

EU approves UAE's fish exports

Posted on 30/05/2002

Brussels - The European Union, EU, yesterday approved the UAE among the countries allowed to export fish products to the EU markets. An EU source told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, that the EU's Facilitation Committee decided to include the UAE in the list of countries whose fish products meet EU health standards. The decision allows the UAE to export its fish products to all the 15 countries of the EU. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Ban imposed on fishing during breeding season

Posted on 10/05/2002

Heavy penalties will be imposed on local fishermen using traditional net for fishing in the UAE waters during the fish breeding season between May 1 and September 30, announced the members of the Dubai Fishermen Regulatory Committee which met in Dubai. The DFRC led by A. Abdulrazzak, Director of Marine Resources Research Centre in Umm Al Quwain, met in Dubai last week to review adoption of the new fisheries law by local fishermen in the emirate. Following the enforcement of the new law, use ...  >>MORE

Licence for recreational fishing

Posted on 04/05/2002

Fishing as a sport in Abu Dhabi will require a licence from the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency from today. The move is taken as part of the agency's interest in conservation of water resources, Thabit Al Abdssallam, Head of the Marine Resource Centre at ERWDA said. This covers hook and line fishing in the capital. A fishing enthusiast will need to pay Dh120 as a fee for a yearly licence and Dh30 for a weekly licence. Offenders will receive a prison term of not less ...  >>MORE

Fishing without license banned in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 28/04/2002

Anyone found engaged in any fishing activity, including recreational fishing, without a valid license in Abu Dhabi will be subject to prosecution by the authorities starting from next month. A statement issued by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Agency, ERWDA, Abu Dhabi's designated authority for management of fisheries and issuance of licenses said that any person aged 18 years and above engaging in fishing activities in territorial waters must be in possession of valid fishing license. ...  >>MORE

Asmak reports Dhs4.42m loss

Posted on 10/04/2002

International Fish Farming Company Asmak has incurred a loss of Dhs4.42 million for the year ended on Dec.31, 2001, according to the company's annual report. The report said the loss had been expected in the company's business plan and IPO prospectus, and is due to the developmental phase of the company's projects that entail relatively high administration and start-up costs in the beginning until the planned economies of scale are developed. The company's consolidated sales revenue and ...  >>MORE

Strategy aims to manage UAE fisheries

Posted on 07/04/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has been working on a strategic goal to establish a management regime for fisheries, said a senior official of the agency yesterday. The agency has been conducting the 'Fish Resources Assessment Survey' with the help of Bruce Shallard and Associates and the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research of New Zealand. The fish resources assessment survey has been conducted for the last three months and yesterday ...  >>MORE

13 dead, many missing, in major Dubai Dry Docks accident

Posted on 28/03/2002

The worst accident to ever happen at Dubai Dry Docks occurred on 27 March when two gate panels ruptured and seawater rushed into the dock, drowning at least 13 people. 23 others were still missing on 28 March and feared dead. A total of five ships in the dry dock were damaged as seawater flooded in, trapping many of the men working on them. A full-scale rescue operation involving divers, police, army, dockworkers and helicopters were quickly at the scene of the accident. The injured were ...  >>MORE

Fish resources to be assessed

Posted on 21/03/2002

The UAE is to benefit from New Zealand's long fishing experience by awarding a company a contract to assess its fish resources within plans to develop the marine wealth. The Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) said it had assigned Bruce Shallard and Associates of New Zealand to carry out the study on fish resources in the UAE waters. "The year-long Fish Resource Assessment Survey commenced on February 1 with the involvement of the Ministry of Agriculture and ...  >>MORE

UAE fish to be exported soon to EU market

Posted on 17/03/2002

The UAE has almost completed European Union requirements for exporting its fish products to the EU markets. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, the EU said that the UAE request for being included in the list of fish exporting countries to EU markets had met the required conditions on the health side. It, however, cited that the UAE was asked to fulfil simple technical aspects which could be completed and approved in few weeks. The statement added that the EU would give a temporary ...  >>MORE

ERWDA stops issuing new licenses for fishing boats

Posted on 14/03/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, has announced that on the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Board Deputy Chairman of ERWDA, it has been decided to stop issuing new licenses for fishing boats in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as of March 10 and till further notice. The decision which was adopted by the fishing Regulating Committee in the emirate during its recent meeting, was based on the results of studies ...  >>MORE

Number of national fishermen rises

Posted on 12/03/2002

The number of national fishermen registered at the emirate's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has been increasing and they are going out on fishing trips. Mohammed Al Zaabi, who heads the department, said that 907 nationals have registered in the past eight months at the department to work on their own boats. The number of violations which had been taking place in the fishing industry have been going down, and the control over the sea and the fishermen has lately become easier and ...  >>MORE

Ministry bans import of fodder containing animal protein

Posted on 05/03/2002

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Mohammed Saeed Al Raqbani has issued a ministerial decree banning the import of animal fodder containing animal protein. The ban includes all sorts of feeds containing concentrated bone meal. Feeds containing fish meal are not included in the ban. The decision was taken on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), for reasons pertaining to Mad Cow Disease. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Fishing banned in Merawah area

Posted on 13/02/2002

Efforts to protect the recently declared Merawah Marine Protected Area have received a boost this week with a decision to ban fishing in the area, it was announced today by the Environmental research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA. The decision was taken at a meeting held earlier this week, attended by ERWDA and representatives of other concerned Government bodies. The meeting resolved that fishing without prior permission is to be banned throughout the Merawah protected area, which ...  >>MORE

Ceiling set on issue of fishing licences

Posted on 13/02/2002

The Fisheries Organising Committee for Abu Dhabi yesterday placed a ceiling on the issue of licences for commercial fishing. The decision followed a meeting held at the head office of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, according to the "Gulf News.” The committee, chaired by Majid Ali Al Mansouri, the agency's Acting Secretary-General, also approved specifications for fishing equipment and warned of punishment if fishermen are found breaking the rules. The decision ...  >>MORE

UAE-Oman venture goes operational

Posted on 22/01/2002

The UAE-Omani joint venture, Ocean Fish of Oman has been incorporated with an authorised capital of 500,000 Omani riyals (Dh4.75 million) and will focus on wild fish farming and processing, a senior company official confirmed. Asmak holds a 35 per cent stake in the company along with Greece's Nireus. Omani company, Cyclone holds the remaining 30 per cent. The company set up in Muscat's Rusayl Industrial Area, has an initial paid-up capital of 150,000 Omani riyals. A sum of 350,000 riyals is ...  >>MORE

ERWDA to start a fish assessment survey

Posted on 13/01/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency ERWDA), has announced that it would start a fish resources assessment survey in the waters of Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE. ERWDA's Acting Secretary General Majid Al Mansouri said that the project would be conducted in co-operation with the agencies concerned and an international consortium. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Federal Environmental Agency (FEA), and the Coast Guards will be involved in the year-long ...  >>MORE

E-plan to track sailors

Posted on 10/01/2002

As part of its e-government initiative, Dubai Police plan to use satellite facilities to link up with amateur sailors while they are out at sea. This satellite link, working through the Internet will provide sailors with information and route guidance directly from the Dubai Police. Major General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief, made this announcement on 6 January to launch a promotion campaign 'Technology Is Our Choice', in co-ordination with Dubai e-government. >>MORE

Ministry bans sale of 'fingerlings'

Posted on 10/01/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Dubai Municipality, acting 'to protect the marine environment' has stopped the sale of 'fingerlings' or newly hatched fish under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Khalid Sharif Alawadi, Assistant Director of the Public Health Department and Head of the Food Control Section announced on 6 January that those who continue to sell these fish will face heavy fines. >>MORE

Fishery research, data collection planned

Posted on 07/01/2002

In a bid to play a role in the management of fisheries in Abu Dhabi, the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) is implementing a fishery research and data collection programme. The programme, according to ERWDA, is being carried out in order to set policy and maximise economic efficiency in the exploitation of these resources while ensuring their conservation. Towards this end ERWDA is gathering information on fish resources, fishing operations, infrastructure and ...  >>MORE

RAK lifts ban on 'yakh' nets for shrimp season

Posted on 27/12/2001

The Ras Al Khaimah Higher Fishing Committee lifted restrictions on the use of the 'yakh' net for 20 days from 22 December, to allow fishermen to catch as much of the expensive Umm Al Robian shrimp as possible without incurring fines. Mohammed Al Zaabi, the head of the Fisheries Section at the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, said that 'this is the season for this particular shrimp. As there is a big public demand for this rare and expensive shrimp, fishermenõcould try ...  >>MORE

New guidelines for ships in UAE waters

Posted on 27/12/2001

Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Communications, issued regulations on manning and equipping, defining the standards to be observed by all ships registered in the UAE or operating in its regional waters, on 20 December. These regulations are based on the international maritime convention for 1978, and its amendments. Under the regulations, every navigation company must take necessary procedures to ensure that its ships are operating in accordance with the provisions of the international ...  >>MORE

Agriculture Ministry releases guide on fishing practices

Posted on 24/12/2001

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has recently released a handbook detailing the code of practices in fisheries in the UAE to help educate the local fishermen regarding protection and development of marine life in the country. The book released in August this year and distributed free to fishermen and people related to the fisheries sector, also outlines in detail the new fisheries Law no. 23 issued in 1999, according to a report in "Khaleej Times” Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Janahi, Head of ...  >>MORE

Rise in country's marine resources, says study

Posted on 19/11/2001

The Marine Resources Research Centre (MRRC) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Umm Al Quwain, has in a recent study, reported an increase in the country's fish reserves. The study, organised in collaboration with the Arab Organisation for Agriculture Development (AOAD), said the increase was due to production and release of more fish larvae and fingerlings in the UAE coastal waters. The study was conducted to evaluate the fish stock in the country, following growing concerns ...  >>MORE

Asmak promotes Dh70m hatchery

Posted on 10/09/2001

The International Fish Farming Co (Asmak) has signed an agreement with the UAE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to produce fish juveniles in Umm Al Quwain by setting up the largest commercial hatchery for finfish in the region, an official confirmed yesterday. The agreement was signed on Saturday. Investment is pegged at Dh70 million. "Work (construction) will start shortly and production is expected to start by May 2005," the official added. Initially, the hatchery will produce finfish, ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah bans fishing in creeks

Posted on 26/08/2001

Ras Al Khaimah Municipality has banned fishing at all the emirate's creeks and warned of heavy penalties for violations, said a senior municipality official. Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director General of RAK Municipality said that fishing at the creeks was a major and direct threat to all the efforts exerted to preserve the fisheries in the emirate. Al Shamsi who heads the emirate's Fishing Committee warned that the fine for fishing in creeks will be a hefty Dh5,000. He stressed that authorities have ...  >>MORE

Providing a fillip to fishing industry

Posted on 25/08/2001

The last two decades have witnessed a tremendous growth in the fishing industry in the UAE, with the catch increasing from a modest 64,000 tonnes in 1976 to 117,000 tonnes in 1999, and around 14,000 fishermen busily plying the country's coasts. With this increase in fishing activity, it has become important to study and monitor the state of fish stocks, because fishing and other human activities connected with it are contributing significantly to hazards in the marine environment. The ...  >>MORE

Fishermen's training programme

Posted on 17/06/2001

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will, for the first time, conduct training programmes and workshops for fishermen on safe fishing practices and ways to protect the marine environment. A special fisheries committee to draw the plans and guidelines was established last week following a decree issued by Saeed Al Raghabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. The seven-member committee will be headed by Rashid Mohammed Khalfan Al Shariqi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture ...  >>MORE

Fishing with harmful equipment banned

Posted on 16/06/2001

The Abu Dhabi Municipality yesterday banned fishing of shrimps along the coasts, beaches and creeks of the emirate, with immediate effect. A circular issued by the municipality said the measure, one of series of control mechanisms by the government of Abu Dhabi to protect the depleting fish stock, was taken under instructions of higher authorities. "Fishing of any quantity of shrimps using any type of equipment is strictly banned on coasts, beaches and creeks of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi," the ...  >>MORE

Marine devices up fish population

Posted on 13/06/2001

The number of "Fish Aggregating Devices" (FADs) being laid in the sea off Khor Fakkan port has been increased from 88 to 150 following successful aggregation of fishes and other marine life, besides also keeping in view the massive area of 80,000 square metres that has to be covered with these artificial mini-islands for the benefit of marine creatures, according to Qassim Barwani, marine research officer with the UAE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Barwani told The Gulf Today that a ...  >>MORE

Fishermen back proposal for union of co-operative

Posted on 11/06/2001

East Coast fishermen have supported a proposal for a union of all their associations. Saeed Mohammed Al Raqabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, has urged the fishermen's associations to help carry out federal law No 23 for 1999 on the emiratisation of the fishing industry. He called for a union of all fishermen's co-operative associations. An expert should be appointed to prepare an economic and feasibility study for a union through which the fishermen's associations could operate in a ...  >>MORE

UAE lays device to boost marine life

Posted on 16/05/2001

For the first time in the UAE, Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) are being laid in the sea off the East Coast by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, as part of a unique scientific thrust to boost marine life and increase fishing standards. Qassim Barwani, marine research officer with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, who is spearheading the efforts and assisted by sailor Ismael Naseeb Malallah and retired Sharjah police officer Suleiman Saeed Al Naqvi in the FAD-dropping ...  >>MORE

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Asmak looks to be in black by year-end


Successful spawning at MRRC


Water table dipping at alarming rate


Export of seafood to EU countries begins


Ministry to streamline fish transport


UAE to export Dh11 million fisheries products to EU


UAE gets EC nod to export fish products


RAK call to build new fishing ports


Limitation to fishing licences in Abu Dhabi, says report


EU to lift ban on UAE fish export


EU approves UAE's fish exports


Ban imposed on fishing during breeding season


Licence for recreational fishing


Fishing without license banned in Abu Dhabi


Asmak reports Dhs4.42m loss


Strategy aims to manage UAE fisheries


13 dead, many missing, in major Dubai Dry Docks accident


Fish resources to be assessed


UAE fish to be exported soon to EU market


ERWDA stops issuing new licenses for fishing boats


Number of national fishermen rises


Ministry bans import of fodder containing animal protein


Fishing banned in Merawah area


Ceiling set on issue of fishing licences


UAE-Oman venture goes operational


ERWDA to start a fish assessment survey


E-plan to track sailors


Ministry bans sale of 'fingerlings'


Fishery research, data collection planned


RAK lifts ban on 'yakh' nets for shrimp season


New guidelines for ships in UAE waters


Agriculture Ministry releases guide on fishing practices


Rise in country's marine resources, says study


Asmak promotes Dh70m hatchery


Ras Al Khaimah bans fishing in creeks


Providing a fillip to fishing industry


Fishermen's training programme


Fishing with harmful equipment banned


Marine devices up fish population


Fishermen back proposal for union of co-operative


UAE lays device to boost marine life