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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - MARINE AND COASTAL ENVIRONMENT

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

Study shows significant coral reef regeneration in Abu Dhabi and Qatar

Posted on 30/08/2006

Researchers studying coral reefs in the region have found encouraging signs that corals in Abu Dhabi and Qatar are regenerating vigorously. The findings, which were published in a bi-annual report finalised recently, showed that at least 18 out of an original 36 species of coral found in the region have recovered from damage suffered due to past climatic stress events. The report is part of a three-year research study, which commenced in 2005, titled "Coral Reef Investigations in Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Al Yasat is ecologically, culturally and historically important

Posted on 19/06/2006

Many nations around the world are establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to protect their most important marine habitats and species. The United Arab Emirates is establishing MPAs not only for natural resource protection but also in order to conserve its historic and cultural heritage. One recently-established MPA is that of Al Yasat, surrounding and including a group of islands in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. The Yasat group consists of four islands in the far west of the UAE. ...  >>MORE

UAE coral sees recovery as local sea life returns

Posted on 10/06/2006

The UAE's coral is on the mend and a recent report has revealed that adaptable algae may be the reason for this. The coral had seen debilitating die-offs in the 1990s. "During 1996, 1998 and 2002 the UAE saw extensive bleaching of coral, but now we are seeing a good amount of regrowth,” said Dr Bernhard Reigl, a research scientist with the National Coral Reef Institute of Florida. He is leading a project managed by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) where data on the emirate's coral ...  >>MORE

Arabian coral reefs mapped

Posted on 05/06/2006

The first-ever map of Southern Gulf coral reefs is being produced through a joint research project between the UAE and Qatar. The preliminary map was released today by Mr Majid Al Mansouri, Board Member of EWS/WWF, at a ceremony held at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation in the capital. The research project 'Coral Reef Investigations in Abu Dhabi and Eastern Qatar' is a cooperative venture between researchers from the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Qatar's Supreme Council for the ...  >>MORE

International efforts intensify to protect dugong populations

Posted on 04/06/2006

International and regional experts on the rare dugong have issued a Dubai Declaration on their intent to protect the animal from hunting in the Arabian Gulf. "This is the first co-ordination in regard to the research and conservation of the dugong in this region,” said Thabit Al Abdessalaam, the director of the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi's (EAD) Marine Environment Research Centre. The declaration came after three days of meetings at the conference entitled Status and Conservation of ...  >>MORE

Fish to be used to tell tales

Posted on 15/04/2006

A selection of tropical fish have been singled out for monitoring as part of plans to scrutinise the effects of Dubai's growth on marine life. The amount of orange-spotted grouper, Arabian butterfly fish and parrot fish off the coast of the city will be calculated at intervals to determine if they are being killed off due to things such as construction and pollution. "Usually, when there is a coral reef, these will be the fish that surround it. If the coral has been affected, then the ...  >>MORE

Umm al-Qaiwain Deputy Ruler issues new decree on aquatic wildlife

Posted on 13/04/2006

Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Mualla, Umm al-Qaiwain Deputy Ruler and Chief of Police and General Security issued yesterday a decree regulating the exploitation, protection and development of aquatic wildlife in the emirate of Umm al-Qaiwain. The decree states that awarding fishing licenses shall be limited to UAE nationals not under 18 years of age, and to national corporate entities, who shall be members of the Umm al-Qaiwain Cooperative Fishing Society. According to the decree, ...  >>MORE

Eleven dhows to be sunk to attract marine life to the areas near Dibba

Posted on 02/04/2006

A fleet of 11 dhows is going to be sunk off the east coast to attract sea life to the already existing protected areas near Dibba which is flourishing with multicoloured fish. Marine research and preservation on the east coast has been under way since 1995 when Dibba rock was declared a marine reserve. Since then and especially over the last three years, the zone from Dibba to Khor Kalba is being closely monitored for the best interests of the environment and the large fishing community. ...  >>MORE

UAE could join global body to protect turtles

Posted on 29/03/2006

The UAE could soon sign up with an international environment body to protect turtles and their nesting grounds after officials attended a regional conference in Oman this month. This year has been declared the Year of the Turtle by the 24 member states of the Indian Ocean and South East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding who met in Muscat earlier this year. Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Janahi, director of the fisheries department at the Ministry of Environment and Water in Dubai, is ...  >>MORE

Coral reefs and shorelines to be better protected

Posted on 19/03/2006

The Minister of Environment and Water signed his first memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a local non-profit voluntary organisation yesterday to further protect the UAE's shorelines and reefs. The agreement was signed with the Emirates Diving Association (EDA) and aims to create more awareness among the fishing community and divers. Dr Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water, said this was to follow up the work already carried out by the EDA and the Dibba Marine ...  >>MORE

Hop into a submarine to see Dubai's marine life

Posted on 18/03/2006

If traffic is putting you off from sightseeing in Dubai and you need a change of scenery, take the plunge in the Gulf's first tourist submarine. A Dubai-based firm has recreated a replica of the Nautilus, the sub from the famous 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea novel and plans to dip it off the city's shore in July. The retro-styled Nautilus is made from 'secret' materials and will cruise 10 metres underwater around coral reefs near Jebel Ali, said Herve Jaubert, the submarine's maker. ...  >>MORE

Heritage club maps Abu Dhabi's marine and coastal habitats

Posted on 07/03/2006

Emirates Heritage Club (EHC) has completed the documentation of marine wildlife and coastal habitats of Abu Dhabi Emirate to help in environment protection efforts. The document in the form of an atlas aims to help protect marine environment and facilitate sustainable coastal development in Abu Dhabi, according to a presentation of the EHC at the international conference on the State of the Gulf Ecosystem here in Al Ain. The department of environmental research at the club undertook the ...  >>MORE

Nakheel begins monitoring of ecosystem at its projects

Posted on 06/03/2006

Nakheel, a leading property projects developer in Dubai, has started a ecosystem monitoring programme at its marine and inland projects. The programme aims to advise the management on how to enhance different ecosystems, said Emad Haffar and Shahid Mustafa from the Environment and Landscaping Department of Nakheel Properties. In a presentation at the UAE University's international conference on the State of the Gulf Ecosystem in Al Ain, the two executives of the company said Nakheel's ...  >>MORE

Experts find array of soft coral at Martini Rock 'unique'

Posted on 10/12/2005

An array of soft coral found on the emirate's east coast have been dubbed unique by experts and as a result an underwater spot loved by divers will become a protected area. Ras Kalkali, Khor Fakkan, also known as Martini Rock, has been under study for the last three years and it was recently discovered that soft coral in the area are quite unique for this part of the world. The assessment undertaken by the Emirates Diving Association is now being studied by the Ministry of Agriculture and ...  >>MORE

Palm development caused fish deaths, say officials

Posted on 30/10/2005

Ongoing construction work on The Palm, Deira, is threatening an environmental disaster, top Sharjah officials told Gulf News yesterday. The ambitious project undertaken by Dubai-based developer Nakheel and its contractors was squarely blamed for the thousands of dead fish and dying marine life. The dead fish are washing up ashore along the Buhairah Corniche and Al Qasba Canal, they said. In a statement released yesterday, the management of the Qasba Canal said a full investigation into the ...  >>MORE

Protecting the Arabian Gulf corals

Posted on 15/10/2005

A seven-day cruise across the territorial waters of the UAE and Qatar ended on 24th September at Doha. On board were Qatari and Emarati scientists investigating coral habitats as part of a bi-national research project managed by the Emirates Wildlife Society with WWF - UAE. It is often believed that that the Arabian Gulf is just a polluted puddle full of oil! This is a gross misconception. As Dr. Bernhard Riegl, principal investigator of the project clarifies, 'The western UAE and Qatar ...  >>MORE

Joint project to protect coral reefs commences

Posted on 01/10/2005

Scientists from the UAE and Qatar have completed the first ever joint scientific research cruise to study coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf. The week-long cruise was a collaboration between researchers from the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAAD) and Qatar's Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves (SCENR). It examined threatened coral habitats in the waters of Abu Dhabi and Qatar. The assessment is part of a three-year project managed by the Emirates Wildlife Society and the ...  >>MORE

Hundreds to take part in beach clean-up drive

Posted on 11/09/2005

More than 300 people have already signed up for each of the Fujairah and Abu Dhabi sites. The tenth Clean-Up Arabia campaign with take place next weekend and conservationists are urged to go and collect rubbish that is spoiling leisure sites. The annual voluntary campaign is all set for launch from Dibba in Fujairah and Abu Dhabi on September 16. The project is organised by the Emirates Diving Association and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is backed by the Australian ...  >>MORE

Dubai beaches to remain cleaner

Posted on 28/08/2005

Dubai Municipality has enhanced its beach cleaning operations by adding four Beach Cleaning Machines to the existing machines operated by its Environment Department. Hassan Makki, Assistant Director of Environment Department and Head of Waste Services Section at the municipality, said the municipality took delivery of the machines last week in a bid to keep the city's beaches cleaner and safer. Beach cleaning machines are used to remove debris and litter from public beaches in the Emirate. ...  >>MORE

Al Yasat declared marine sanctuary

Posted on 17/08/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued an Emiri decree declaring Al Yasat area as a marine sanctuary. According to the decree's first article, Al Yasat islands of upper Yasat, lower Yasat, Esam, Karsha and the surrounding waters with a geographic extent of 481,73 square kilometres a marine reserve, as per coordinates shown in the map as follow: Northern boundary: Line connecting Point N 24,3413 and E 51,9115 NE Point N 24,3413 ...  >>MORE

100,000 surf coast web site

Posted on 04/07/2005

More than 100,000 visitors log on to http://www.dubaicoast.org, Dubai Coastal Zone Monitoring Programme web site, every month, Khalid Al Zahed, Head of Coastal Management Section at Dubai Municipality, revealed. He described the online response as promising and said it is motivating the section to further develop the dynamic portal and introduce more services for the public at large. The web site is interest to the ...  >>MORE

Raqbani inaugurates workshop on environment

Posted on 06/06/2005

The UAE has exerted considerable efforts to protect and conserve coastal and marine environment, said Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. Addressing a workshop on Integrated Management of Coastal Areas, Raqbani said that the state had exerted incessant efforts over the years that included enactment of Federal Law No. 23 for 1990 on protection and development of water resources and Federal Law No. 24 for 1999 of the protection of the environment. This is in addition ...  >>MORE

Emirates Heritage Club launches Marine Atlas

Posted on 22/02/2005

The Emirates Heritage Club yesterday released the Marine Atlas for the emirate of Abu Dhabi, under patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister. In a speech delivered on his behalf by Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sheikh Sultan affirmed UAE's keenness on developing and preserving marine eco-system. He recalled cited a saying by the late Sheikh Bayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan that "Since its inception, the UAE has considered ...  >>MORE

Building homes for marine life

Posted on 16/01/2005

Car tyres, toilets, shipwrecks, planes, wooden structures, train carriages, concrete rubble and household appliances have all been periodically sunk into the sea to simulate the rich, colourful environment of a coral reef. A coral reef, a storehouse of multiple marine living organisms, is considered to be next to the tropical forest in terms of biodiversity. It is home to more than 25 per cent of all marine life and among the world's most fragile and endangered ecosystems. As pressure ...  >>MORE

DM’s reef design wins approval at key conference

Posted on 19/10/2004

Dubai Municipality marine experts presented their latest design for a novel multi-function artificial reef to their peers at the world's most important international conference in coastal engineering, held recently in Portugal. The delegation from Dubai Municipality took part in the International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE 2004), held in Lisbon with delegates from more than 50 countries attending. The delegation was headed by Eng. Rashad Bukhash, Director of the General Projects ...  >>MORE

Littering beaches in Ras al-Khaimah will land you in prison

Posted on 09/08/2004

Stiff penalties will be imposed on those who litter on the beaches and use them as dumping grounds for old tyres, equipment and machinery, the emirate's authorities have warned. Such actions mar the emirate's image and damage marine life, which is a direct violation of the environmental laws. Officials stressed that offenders will have to appear in court and will be handed prison sentences. All the departments have been working together to improve the emirate's image but the irresponsible ...  >>MORE

Strict supervision keeps beaches pristine, waters pollution-free

Posted on 19/07/2004

The clean beaches and unpolluted waters off the coast here are a direct result of strict surveillance and effective cooperation among the local authorities to protect the marine environment, said government and hotel officials here. Although traces of oil were found in some parts of the beaches last week, the authorities swung into action to remove them swiftly. A senior official from the Oceanic Hotel here said the clean waters off the beach and the amazing natural coral reefs in this ...  >>MORE

UAE makes record achievements in marine life conservation

Posted on 03/07/2004

The UAE has made a qualitative breakthrough in the development and conservation of marine life as part of its strategy to maintain a balance marine resources and reduce sea imports. The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) is one of the major driving forces in the development and protection of the highly important sector. ERWDA Secretary General Majid Al Mansouri said the marine life stock had seen over the few past years major developments including the establishment ...  >>MORE

DEL sponsors WWF-ERWDA regional coral project in Abu Dhabi, Doha

Posted on 21/06/2004

Dolphin Energy Limited yesterday announced a US$500,000 sponsorship agreement with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Abu Dhabi Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) for research and protection of major Coral Habitats in Abu Dhabi and Qatar. A DEL statement said Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, CEO of Dolphin Energy, signed the agreement with Dr Georg Schwede, Conservation Director of the Europe/Middle East program for WWF International. This three year WWF/ERWDA ...  >>MORE

Committee to look into law on judicious tapping marine life resources formed

Posted on 13/06/2004

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Saeed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani, yesterday issued a ministerial decree, establishing a special committee to look into the best implementation method of applying the Federal Law No. 23 of 1999, which deals with the judicious tapping, protection and development of the country's marine life resources and its bye-laws. Based on the new decree, the re-structured committee consists of the ministry's under secretary, Rashid Mohammed Khalfan Al Shreiqi, who is ...  >>MORE

Deal inked to preserve marine life

Posted on 03/03/2004

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has singed an agreement with the Emirates Diving Association, EDA, for enhancing cooperation between the ministry and the association to preserve the marine life in the country. The agreement was signed yesterday at the ministry in the presence of Saeed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Faraj bin Butti, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EDA. According to the agreement the ministry will conduct joint programmes in ...  >>MORE

Coastal study to help draw up future plans

Posted on 04/02/2004

About 30 percent of the Dubai Coastal Zone Condition Survey works have been completed, Khalid Al Zahed, Head of Marine Works Unit of the General Projects Department at the Dubai Municipality, told Khaleej Times recently. The works within this project, which started on August 16 last year, consist of a comprehensive survey of all coastal structures in the emirate. The project, covers the area stretching from the northern breakwaters of Jebel Ali Port to Al Mamzar Lagoon, including the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Fund boost for dugong conservation

Posted on 20/12/2003

Paris-based Total oil company last week signed an agreement with Environmental Research and Wildlife Agency (ERWDA) to continue its funding for two more years for Abu Dhabi's dugong conservation programme. The agreement was signed between Majid Al Mansouri, ERWDA's Secretary General, and Gerard Rabier, general manager of Abu Dhabi Total. Philip Roy, Total's Chief Representative from Paris, and other senior officials from both sides also attended the ceremony. Under the new agreement, the ...  >>MORE

UAE steps up war on marine pollution

Posted on 16/11/2003

The UAE said yesterday it was intensifying its war against marine pollution to protect its waters from oil sludge. The move is also necessary to protect the country's waters from other wastes that threaten its dwindling fish wealth and its naval and coastal economic and oil facilities. Officials from several departments met in Dubai yesterday and discussed a national emergency plan to protect the country's water and coasts against rising pollution levels that have turned the Gulf into one of ...  >>MORE

Ministry steps up drive to protect marine turtles

Posted on 20/09/2003

Catching of sea turtles, disturbing their habitat, or taking of their eggs has been forbidden under the Fisheries Law No. 23 issued in 2002, violation of which entails imprisonment of not more than six months and payment of fine not less than Dh50,000 and maximum of Dh100,000. The effort is aimed at protecting the marine environment, particularly, the endangered species such as sea turtles, dugongs, corals and several fish varieties which are some of the challenges facing the UAE. According ...  >>MORE

Soft corals under threat of fish attacks

Posted on 02/09/2003

A strange fish known as "Filefish" and "Thornback Trunkfish" is proliferating in large numbers and threatening the formation of soft corals near Khorfakkan on the East Coast of the UAE, according to a diver and environmentalist Paul Sant, who is regularly diving in that area. Sant, who is the owner of "Divers Down" at the Khorfakkan Diving Centre at the Oceanic Hotel in Khorfakkan, told The Gulf Today recently that this fish, which is also known as "Sandooq al-bahr zat sawkhat a'dhar" in ...  >>MORE

Remote coral colonies in better health, say divers

Posted on 16/08/2003

Coral colonies in the more distant emirates are faring better than expected, thanks to continued monitoring efforts and increasing environmental awareness, reported divers from the Emirates Diving Association. Despite the summer heat, 22 divers from Dubai and surrounding emirates left for Musandam to monitor the reefs last week to try and assess the extent of damage done to them and to understand more about the many fish species dependent on Gulf reefs. Ibrahim Al Zu'bi, EDA Environment ...  >>MORE

Boat sunk off Fujairah coast to make artificial reef

Posted on 29/06/2003

A boat donated by a local marine shipping company was sunk off the coast in front of Fujairah International Marine Club to convert it into an artificial reef which will attract more small and rare fish. Stripped of its engines, fuel tanks and material that could harm the environment, the vessel was sunk at a depth of around 30 metres. "Artificial reefs boost diving. The new reef will help fish reproduce in a safe spot," said Ahmed Ibrahim Mohammed, Director of Fujairah International Marine ...  >>MORE

Fishermen warned against catching sea turtles

Posted on 22/06/2003

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has warned against catching the endangered sea turtles. Eng. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Janahi, Head of the Ministry's Fisheries Extension Section, said Federal Law No 23 for 1999 protects marine life and fish stock, particularly endangered marine species. Under the law, sea turtles may only be caught for scientific research and after obtaining special permission. Offenders will be jailed for six months and fined Dh50,000 to Dh100,000. He called on ...  >>MORE

Coral Reefs: Fostering reef growth

Posted on 24/05/2003

In 1995, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, issued Emiri Decree No 1 listing certain coastal areas as marine reserves where the growth of coral reefs would be fostered. These marine reserves are in Al Faquit, Al Aqqah and Dhadnah. The decree contains clauses declaring that fishing or anchoring is prohibited in these zones. Diving, swimming and conducting research are permitted, provided that divers and researchers do not ...  >>MORE

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Forum aims to protect Gulf’s rare marine life


Study shows significant coral reef regeneration in Abu Dhabi and Qatar


Al Yasat is ecologically, culturally and historically important


UAE coral sees recovery as local sea life returns


Arabian coral reefs mapped


International efforts intensify to protect dugong populations


Fish to be used to tell tales


Umm al-Qaiwain Deputy Ruler issues new decree on aquatic wildlife


Eleven dhows to be sunk to attract marine life to the areas near Dibba


UAE could join global body to protect turtles


Coral reefs and shorelines to be better protected


Hop into a submarine to see Dubai's marine life


Heritage club maps Abu Dhabi's marine and coastal habitats


Nakheel begins monitoring of ecosystem at its projects


Experts find array of soft coral at Martini Rock 'unique'


Palm development caused fish deaths, say officials


Protecting the Arabian Gulf corals


Joint project to protect coral reefs commences


Hundreds to take part in beach clean-up drive


Dubai beaches to remain cleaner


Al Yasat declared marine sanctuary


100,000 surf coast web site


Raqbani inaugurates workshop on environment


Emirates Heritage Club launches Marine Atlas


Building homes for marine life


DM’s reef design wins approval at key conference


Littering beaches in Ras al-Khaimah will land you in prison


Strict supervision keeps beaches pristine, waters pollution-free


UAE makes record achievements in marine life conservation


DEL sponsors WWF-ERWDA regional coral project in Abu Dhabi, Doha


Committee to look into law on judicious tapping marine life resources formed


Deal inked to preserve marine life


Coastal study to help draw up future plans


Fund boost for dugong conservation


UAE steps up war on marine pollution


Ministry steps up drive to protect marine turtles


Soft corals under threat of fish attacks


Remote coral colonies in better health, say divers


Boat sunk off Fujairah coast to make artificial reef


Fishermen warned against catching sea turtles


Coral Reefs: Fostering reef growth