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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - MARINE AND COASTAL ENVIRONMENT

ADMA-OPCO launches a new book on "Marine Environment in the UAE"

Posted on 05/03/2009

The Abu Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) has launched a new book on the Marine Environment in the UAE. Titled, "Pearl in the Gulf", the book features comprehensive data and information on the UAE traditional marine life style prior to the discovery of oil, thus shedding extensive light on the inseparability of the UAE people and sea life. The book, produced by the Public Relations Division, was launched yesterday during the opening ceremony of an environment exhibition organised by the ...  >>MORE

Ministry battles tenacious ‘red tide’

Posted on 26/02/2009

The Ministry of the Environment and Water has announced plans to tackle the "red tide” of algae devastating the waters off the coast of Fujairah. Part of the strategy is to help officials predict conditions likely to lead to new outbreaks and to react swiftly. But it does not expect an instant cure. Dr Rashid bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water, said yesterday that officials would collaborate with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the US research organisation, in ...  >>MORE

UAE to adopt Blue Flag Certification for its beaches and marinas

Posted on 10/02/2009

Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) - WWF has announced its acceptance as an associate member of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) to become the National Coordinator for Blue Flag Programme in the UAE. Blue Flag, started in 1987, is a voluntary eco-label acknowledged by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), awarded to over 3200 beaches and marinas in 37 countries, according to the initiative's international website. The Blue Flag ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed calls for management regulations for coastal and marine environments

Posted on 04/02/2009

Deputy Prime Minister, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan has called for management regulations for coastal and marine environments. Sheikh Hamdan, who is also the Chairman of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), said those regulations must be based on a clear-cut vision and should take into consideration the nature of the connection among these environment systems and the accumulative effects which stem from the multiple use of marine and coastal environment. Sheikh Hamdan made the ...  >>MORE

UAE maintains leading standing in global ecological scene: Minister

Posted on 04/02/2009

Challenges the UAE marine and coastal environment is facing require mobilization of efforts of all stakeholders to protect and conserve these delicate zones, according to H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water. The Minister said the UAE has occupied a prominent place on the world map of ecological action thanks to the tireless efforts made by and support lent by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler ...  >>MORE

DM preserves Dubai beaches through effective regulations

Posted on 18/01/2009

Dubai Municipality's Environment Department is currently undertaking several programmes to preserve the coastal environment and ensure their sustainable development. According to Eng. Alya Al Harmoudi, head of Coastal Zone and Waterways Management Section at the Environment Department, the coastal zone is regarded as the most lively areas of the emirate and its management requires a comprehensive methodology taking into account all environment and engineering requirements and criterion that ...  >>MORE

Red tide turns into regional issue

Posted on 13/01/2009

Experts will gather in Kuwait this month to urgently discuss the algal bloom that has plagued the UAE east coast, causing widespread destruction to fish and threatening the marine tourism industry. The algae, blooms of which are commonly known as "red tide”, had spread from the UAE up to Muscat in Oman and on to Iran, and scientists are racing to find ways to stop its spread before the ocean warms in spring and summer, providing ideal conditions for the bloom to return in full force. The ...  >>MORE

Wadi Wurayah to be a protected area

Posted on 04/01/2009

Wadi Wurayah, the wetland valley located in Fujairah's coastal mountains, will soon be a protected area under the emirate's law, according to environmentalists with Fujairah Municipality and the Emirates Wildlife Society. The royal court has reviewed a protection plan proposed by the EWS, which calls for management and park rangers to patrol the area and help educate visitors. "Once it's announced as a protected area, there will be scientific consultants for the project and we will try to ...  >>MORE

Satellite study to shine light on threatened sea creatures

Posted on 29/12/2008

Satellite transmitters attached to three dugongs off Abu Dhabi's Buthina Island are giving scientists new insight into the lifestyle and habits of the shy sea creatures. Although the study by scientists at the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) began only in mid-December, it has already yielded its first results. After two weeks spent adjusting to the transmitter, one of the three dugongs resumed its routine and travelled 30 nautical miles from the site where it was captured. The other two ...  >>MORE

UAE to step up measures to protect marine environment

Posted on 13/11/2008

The UAE's Ministry of Environment will step up measures aimed at protecting marine environment and conservation of natural resources as part of the government's strategy to achieve sustainable development. The ministry will work out a number of policies and streamline existing regulations to prevent the extinction of marine life. The UAE Federal Minister of Environment and Water, Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Regional Clean Sea ...  >>MORE

Regional coral reefs in better shape than elsewhere, study shows

Posted on 03/11/2008

Nature lovers can be optimistic about the future of marine life and natural beauty in the waters of the Arabian Gulf. Researchers have found that the coral reefs, a crucial element of the ecosystem of the Arabian Gulf, are more powerful than their counterparts in the rest of the world, officials who took part in a three-year study on the issue, told Gulf News on Sunday. "Coral reefs are home to 25 per cent of all marine life, including fish, and provide 10 per cent of the world's diet. They ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Environment releases Hamour fingerlings to territorial waters

Posted on 20/10/2008

In its continuing effort to help boost the marine wealth, the Ministry of Environment and Water released a large number of Hamour fingerlings into the sea. Researchers are helping the ministry since the last 24 years to hatch the larvae of Hamour, one of the most favoured fishes in the region, and periodically release them into the territorial waters. Fish eggs are normally bred and cultured in protected areas and while the larvae grow up to become fingerlings, the officials release them into ...  >>MORE

Dubai installs more cameras to monitor coast

Posted on 04/10/2008

More cameras are to be trained on the Dubai coastline to monitor any changes caused by the rapid development. Six are to be installed on the Burj Al Arab hotel to complement three already installed on the sail-shaped building. The network will give Dubai Municipality information on beach profiles and wave patterns, and help protect the coastal environment. "There is a crucial role we have to play in monitoring the coastal zone,” said Hamdan Al Shaer, the director, of the municipality's ...  >>MORE

First baby dolphin born at special pool in Atlantis

Posted on 01/10/2008

A baby dolphin was born at a special maternity pool at Dolphin Bay in Atlantis, The Palm Resort, late last month, and the mother, Butters, and its calf have spent their first days bonding, according to a statement. "The calf is being monitored 24 hours a day by mammal specialists to ensure it is healthy and developing on schedule," said Frank Murru, Chief Marine Officer, Kerzner International. "This is the first birth for our Dolphin Bay family, a true testament to the acclimation of these ...  >>MORE

900 species shifted to conservation reserve

Posted on 02/09/2008

Industrial City (DIC) has successfully completed a comprehensive relocation programme, ensuring the transfer of more than 900 wildlife species from the project site of the largest industrial destination in Dubai to Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve. The extensive operation took place ahead of the beginning of construction work across the six industrial zones of Dubai Industrial City, the third largest non-real estate project in Dubai. The operation included the capture and relocation of ...  >>MORE

Bottlenose dolphins spotted off Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/08/2008

Bottlenose dolphins have been spotted off the Abu Dhabi Corniche Beach, said an official at the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi (EAD). The EAD has been receiving reports about the appearance of what was described as "a big fish” off the new Abu Dhabi Corniche Beach. The reports were received from a number of sources including the Abu Dhabi Municipality and the Management Office of the new Abu Dhabi Corniche Beach. After an investigation conducted by EAD experts, which included sea trips and ...  >>MORE

Developers aid efforts to protect coral reef

Posted on 20/06/2008

Developers and conservationists are working together to preserve one of the country's most valuable coral reefs as a major industrial transformation takes place off Abu Dhabi. An area of 194 sq km off Ras Ghanada, a salt flats and lagoon complex north-east of Abu Dhabi Island, is home to 17 species of coral, sponges, sea-grass beds and hundreds of fish species, including colourful angelfish, hammour and emperor fish. But the reef, Abu Dhabi's most vibrant and diverse according to a ...  >>MORE

Killer Whale Spotted in Abu Dhabi Waters

Posted on 08/06/2008

A group of young Emirati men, aboard their private boat, have sighted a creature of great magnificence close to Abu Dhabi island: a Killer whale. Although the UAE is home to over a third of the 80 known species of cetaceans, few Killer whales have been spotted in Abu Dhabi waters, much less photographed and caught on film. Khaled Al Hashimi, Khaled Al Rumaithi and Saud Al Rumaithi alerted the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) of the sighting and provided the Agency with documented evidence ...  >>MORE

Underwater researchers

Posted on 03/06/2008

It has taken three long years to use satellite imagery to map out exactly where coral is thriving and where it is dying in Abu Dhabi waters. The project, called ‘Coral Reef Investigations in Abu Dhabi and Eastern Qatar,' took place between January 2005 and December 2007. Its objectives were to map, for the first time, the extensive range of shallow coral reefs lying in Qatari and Abu Dhabi waters. Many of them have been damaged by natural and man-made disturbances, such as coastal building ...  >>MORE

ADNOC launches book on "Protection of Gulf's Marine ecosystems''

Posted on 21/05/2008

As per the request of the Doha cluster member states, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, UNESCO Doha was asked to produce a science based comprehensive book publication dealing with the protection of the marine ecosystems in the Gulf from pollution. The Gulf is undergoing a process of rapid social transformation and an area of former low income and low population densities has already been converted into an area of high coastal population densities in the ...  >>MORE

Nakheel launches Blue Communities

Posted on 20/01/2008

Nakheel has unveiled its plans for a major sustainability project, the Blue Communities, launched under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The initiative was announced on Saturday at an event hosted by Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, Nakheel. The company will commit Dh200 million over three years to raise awareness of coastal development issues. It will also engage non-government ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's marine treasure island bustles with biodiversity and cultural sites

Posted on 05/01/2008

From 7,000-year-old houses to dugongs and turtles, the island of Marawah offers a hearty package to visitors. The island, situated off Abu Dhabi, was recently in the news for becoming the first Biosphere Reserve in the country after being recognised by UNESCO. Home to important marine and coastal ecosystems, including sea grass beds, coral reefs and mangroves, the Marawah Biosphere Reserve is managed by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). Marawah Marine Protected Area (MPA) is spread ...  >>MORE

Whales make 'rare' appearance in RAK

Posted on 26/12/2007

Two Emirati fishermen on Tuesday found themselves face to face with three killer whales about 12 kilometres off Al Rams shores here. Fahim Obaid and Ahmad Al Harsh were on a routine fishing trip when they encountered the whales, each of which was at least 10 to 12 metres long. Killer whales could enter the cold waters of Arabian Gulf in the winter from the relatively warmer Arabian Sea and the northwest of the Indian Ocean, said Dr Saif Al Qais, head of the Ras Al Khaimah Environmental ...  >>MORE

Scientists demand protection for dugongs

Posted on 01/11/2007

Scientists and experts called for the conservation of dugongs and their habitat. They were speaking yesterday during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for conservation and management of dugongs and its habitats. Eight nations signed the MoU yesterday, following a four-day technical workshop and meeting which was organised by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) in coordination with the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi, the Minister of ...  >>MORE

UAE waters identified as possible winter migration route of Bryde's Whale

Posted on 26/10/2007

Dubai Municipality's marine experts have identified the whale that washed ashore dead in the Port of Jebel Ali on 21 October as Bryde's Whale, a rare marine mammal. Mohammed AbdulRahman Hassan, Head of Marine Unit at the Environment Department of the municipality, said the scientific name of the whale is Balaenoptera edeni and it belongs to the family Balaenopteridae. The total length of the specimen measured 12.5 meters long and weighed about 10 tonnes. This is the second incident of a dead ...  >>MORE

No violation of any laws in import of dolphins

Posted on 18/10/2007

Nearly three years of planning has been involved in the deal for 28 dolphins from the Solomon Islands to come to Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, according to a UAE official. The 28 dolphins that arrived in Dubai yesterday, have been legally traded under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which has involved export and import permits and site inspections, Federal Environment Agency (FEA) CITES office manager Abdulnasser Alshamsi yesterday confirmed to ...  >>MORE

Coral reefs face fresh threats from development projects

Posted on 19/09/2007

Coral reefs in Jebel Ali on the border of Dubai and Abu Dhabi that bounced back from coral bleaching a decade ago could face a new threat from desalination plants and development, an international ecologist said. A coral reef cluster which stretches from the Ras Hasyan area to the Jebel Ali Hotel is among the largest patches of coral reef on the western coast of the UAE and is among the most diverse reefs in the Arabian Gulf, host to a range of species, John Burt, an environmental scientist ...  >>MORE

Project to map coral reefs begins

Posted on 14/08/2007

A team of UAE and international scientists has started work on a project to map Fujairah's coral reefs. The group will spend three years preparing an "environment sensitivity map” that municipality chiefs will refer to before granting permits to developers. "We do not want any conflict between the environment and development,” said geologist Maral Khaled Shuriqi. Fujairah's clear ocean waters and beautiful sandy beaches have become major tourist attractions, and many seafront areas are being ...  >>MORE

Divers asked not to touch reef monitoring tiles

Posted on 07/08/2007

Scuba divers and swimmers are being asked to cooperate with a coral reef monitoring survey on the east coast of the UAE by not removing or touching special tiles and equipment. Earlier this year, Cyclone Gonu which swept across the UAE and Oman, caused considerable damage to the corals on the east coast. Fujairah Municipality and the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) in Florida are working together to check the coral reef situation in Fujairah's waters. The NCRI is already involved in the ...  >>MORE

Marine biology laboratory to study Arabian Gulf waters

Posted on 26/07/2007

A marine biology laboratory is being developed by real estate giants Nakheel and the United Nations University to enhance environmental monitoring of the Arabian Gulf and assess water quality. The United Nations University - International Network for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is a United Nations entity created to strengthen global water management capabilities. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Nakheel and Environment Health and Safety (EHS), the regulatory arm ...  >>MORE

Emergency Plans to tackle marine pollution reviewed

Posted on 18/05/2007

Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water reviewed today the emergency plans to control marine pollution. The national project for environmental protection comes in line with the federal government's strategy to save the sea from petroleum hydrocarbons and trace metals caused by oil spill and other hazardous wastes. Al Kindi said that the project was prepared in association with authorities in the country working for environmental protection several years ago and need to ...  >>MORE

Bu Al Siaief declared protected marine area

Posted on 01/04/2007

President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has directed that the area of 'Bu Al Siaief' be declared a protected marine area, announced Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) carried out several studies that indicated the area is ecologically sensitive. The Agency will now be handed the responsibility of managing it and enforcing regulations. According to EAD's studies and surveys of the area, it is characterized by shallow ...  >>MORE

Film on sea mammals makes a splash at home screening

Posted on 05/03/2007

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi yesterday screened a documentary film on the dugong, a sea mammal found in the UAE waters. The film, Abu Dhabi: Home of the Legendary Mermaid, jointly produced by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Total oil company, was screened at EAD headquarters attended by Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of EAD, and Sultan Al Hajji, Deputy General Manager of Total. The 20-minute film, which will be distributed free of cost to educational institutions ...  >>MORE

Accord signed to monitor dugongs

Posted on 30/01/2007

Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Total Abu Al Bukhoosh yesterday signed an agreement to monitor dugongs, an endangered species, and study their population in the UAE waters. The agreement was signed by Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General, EAD, Henry Delafon, General Manager, Total Abu Al Bukhoosh, and Bernard Tramier, Executive Director, La Fondation D'Entreprise Total. Dugongs are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the World Conservation Union. A significant proportion (more ...  >>MORE

Emirati youths in drive to save marine life

Posted on 16/01/2007

Young Emiratis put live marine creatures found on the Al Rams shore back in the sea in a bid to save marine life which is being destroyed by greedy fishermen using dangerous fishing methods. A number of national fishermen from Al Rams filed a complaint with the Higher Fishing Committee and the Fisheries Section accusing Asian fishermen of malpractices which are harming many types of marine fauna. The national fishermen with the help of young Emiratis collected huge quantities of marine ...  >>MORE

Al Yasat islands man-made reef to sustain marine life: Minister

Posted on 09/01/2007

The artificial reef yet to be built around Al Yasat islands marine sanctuary upon directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan will contribute to sustaining and protecting marine life at various depths, stressed Environment and Water Minister Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi. The ambitious project to build first man-made reef around Al Yasat islands marine sanctuary is proof to the UAE leadership's keen interest in sustaining and developing marine plants and animals, he added. ...  >>MORE

Al Yasat Marine Sanctuary beckons nature lovers

Posted on 09/01/2007

Under the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, an ambitious project to build first artificial reef around Al Yasat islands marine sanctuary is well underway. In 2005, an Emiri Decree was issued, declaring Al Yasat as a marine sanctuary. Following the decree, the President's Private Business Department started to construct first artificial reef surrounding the group of islands. The project involved specially designed prefabricated rocks which have become home ...  >>MORE

Al Yasat Marine Sanctuary beckons nature lovers

Posted on 08/01/2007

Under the directives of president H.H. sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, an ambitious project to build first artificial reef around Al Yasat islands marine sanctuary is well underway. In 2005, an Emiri Decree was issued, declaring Al Yasat as a marine sanctuary. Following the decree, the President's Private Business Department started to construct first artificial reef surrounding the group of islands. The project involved specially designed prefabricated rocks which have become home ...  >>MORE

UAQ issues decrees protecting live maritime resources

Posted on 19/09/2006

Fishing in some areas of this northern emirate has been permanently banned, while fish in excess of local market needs only can be exported. Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Mualla, Umm al-Qaiwain Deputy Ruler, issued two decrees in this regard, the first of which revises article 4 of decree No. 4 for 2006 on tapping and protecting live resources in the emirate. He further issued decree No. 14 for 2006 amending some provisions of by-law No. 4 for 1998 regulating the sale of fish. According to ...  >>MORE

Experts call for multi-pronged approach to combat region's coral reef depletion

Posted on 14/09/2006

Conservation experts from the GCC, Iran and Yemen taking part in the Marine Conservation Forum 2006 being held in Abu Dhabi have called for urgent action to combat the effects of coral reef degradation being fuelled primarily by the rapid rise of coastal developments in the region. The Forum is taking place at the Crowne Plaza, Abu Dhabi, 11th to 14th September 2006 under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Environment & Water and is organized by the EWS-WWF (Emirates Wildlife Society - ...  >>MORE

Forum aims to protect Gulf’s rare marine life

Posted on 11/09/2006

The region's first concerted cooperation initiative to preserve the Arabian Gulf 's endangered sea turtles and the coral on which they thrive has started in Abu Dhabi. At the four-day Marine Conservation Forum 2006, experts and representative from all Gulf countries and major conservation groups will be urged to decide on a plan of action to save the natural wealth. The forum – which will include workshops held over the course of four days – is being organised by the World Wide Fund for ...  >>MORE

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ADMA-OPCO launches a new book on "Marine Environment in the UAE"


Ministry battles tenacious ‘red tide’


UAE to adopt Blue Flag Certification for its beaches and marinas


Hamdan bin Zayed calls for management regulations for coastal and marine environments


UAE maintains leading standing in global ecological scene: Minister


DM preserves Dubai beaches through effective regulations


Red tide turns into regional issue


Wadi Wurayah to be a protected area


Satellite study to shine light on threatened sea creatures


UAE to step up measures to protect marine environment


Regional coral reefs in better shape than elsewhere, study shows


Ministry of Environment releases Hamour fingerlings to territorial waters


Dubai installs more cameras to monitor coast


First baby dolphin born at special pool in Atlantis


900 species shifted to conservation reserve


Bottlenose dolphins spotted off Abu Dhabi


Developers aid efforts to protect coral reef


Killer Whale Spotted in Abu Dhabi Waters


Underwater researchers


ADNOC launches book on "Protection of Gulf's Marine ecosystems''


Nakheel launches Blue Communities


Abu Dhabi's marine treasure island bustles with biodiversity and cultural sites


Whales make 'rare' appearance in RAK


Scientists demand protection for dugongs


UAE waters identified as possible winter migration route of Bryde's Whale


No violation of any laws in import of dolphins


Coral reefs face fresh threats from development projects


Project to map coral reefs begins


Divers asked not to touch reef monitoring tiles


Marine biology laboratory to study Arabian Gulf waters


Emergency Plans to tackle marine pollution reviewed


Bu Al Siaief declared protected marine area


Film on sea mammals makes a splash at home screening


Accord signed to monitor dugongs


Emirati youths in drive to save marine life


Al Yasat islands man-made reef to sustain marine life: Minister


Al Yasat Marine Sanctuary beckons nature lovers


Al Yasat Marine Sanctuary beckons nature lovers


UAQ issues decrees protecting live maritime resources


Experts call for multi-pronged approach to combat region's coral reef depletion


Forum aims to protect Gulf’s rare marine life