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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - MARINE AND COASTAL ENVIRONMENT

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

Coral Reefs: An association devoted to protecting marine life

Posted on 24/05/2003

The Emirates Diving Association (EDA) is an organisation devoted to protect the marine environment. The EDA was established by a Federal decree in 1995 with several basic goals which include: Regulating diving activities in the UAE Being responsible for the diving environment and providing environmental education to divers and non-divers Promoting and supporting the diving industry Promoting diving safety in commercial and recreational diving through standardisation ...  >>MORE

Coral Reefs: Rescuing the dying coral reefs

Posted on 24/05/2003

The UAE, particularly Fujairah, has diverse terrain: miles of desert, rolling mountains and a breathtaking coastline. Local people once relied heavily on the sea - pearling and fishing were dominant livelihoods. Today, tourists from around the world also flock here for the sun, sand and sea. But man is ruining one of nature's bounties - the sea is being used as a garbage dump. Picture Fujairah - and glistening beaches, an inviting serene sea and rolling mountains flash past the mind's eye. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Coast website provides access to marine information

Posted on 20/05/2003

Dubai Municipality is providing the public with access to marine information obtained through its Dubai coastal zone monitoring programme. This was announced at a press conference yesterday by Abdul-Redha Abul Hassan, Head of the Projects Construction Section, who said the information can be accessed through the website at http://www.dubaicoast.org. "In addition to providing background information on the monitoring ...  >>MORE

Coral reef map takes shape

Posted on 11/05/2003

Nearly one-third of the coral reef in Abu Dhabi has been identified and mapped in a detailed study being conducted by a prominent environmental organisation. The aim is eventually to formulate a conservation management plan for this biologically diverse marine ecosystem. Thabit Zahran Al Abdes-salaam, director of the Marine Environmental Research Centre (MERC), at the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), told Gulf News that the coral reef project initiated in 2001 ...  >>MORE

Monitoring evolution of coastal environment

Posted on 09/05/2003

Dubai Municipality Marine Unit's mission is to oversee sustainable development and utilisation of coastal and marine eco systems Of Dubai's 66-km long coastline, only approximately six kms are publicly accessible sandy beach, the remaining being a sanctuary area. The coastal zone of Dubai constitutes a valuable resource that requires an integrated and co-ordinated management approach. A number of projects previously carried out in the coastal zone of Dubai have disregarded the natural ...  >>MORE

Dubai projects to protect coastline

Posted on 06/04/2003

The Marine Unit of the General Projects Department at Dubai Municipality is constructing two projects in areas along the Dubai coast. Abdul Rahman Al Sharid, director of General Projects Construction Department, said that the first one is the Jumeirah Beach temporary coastal protection at Dh 1,883,324. Al Sharid said the uncontrolled coastal development on Dubai beaches has led to the loss of large areas of beach amenity and the undermining and collapse of coastal structure. "In spite having ...  >>MORE

Work on coral reef sanctuary to start soon in Jebel Ali

Posted on 16/01/2003

A team of researchers is expected to begin fieldwork on the coral reefs in Jebel Ali Marine Sanctuary later this month, as part of a series of cutting-edge researches initiated by the Dubai Municipality, in collaboration with an international team of scientists, a local English newspaper reported today. The study, having implications far beyond the Arabian Gulf, will concentrate on coral reefs between Jebel Ali and Ras Ghantoot with the objective of obtaining significant data that will be ...  >>MORE

Move afoot to protect Khor Fakkan coast

Posted on 17/06/2002

Efforts are underway to have the Khor Fakkan coast declared a natural conservation area to preserve its ecological environment. The environmental hazards in that area were highlighted in a recent meeting organised by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority to review plans for the eco-tourism festival due to be held in Khor Fakkan in December. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, fishermen's associations, diving centres, the Sharjah ...  >>MORE

Report on Marawah Marine Protected Area

Posted on 09/06/2002

The recently-announced Marawah Marine Protected Area, west of Abu Dhabi, will make a major contribution to conservation of the country's marine wildlife and to the establishment of a sustainable level of commercial fishing, according to the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA. In its annual report for the year 2001, the Agency notes that the Protected Area, which covers 4,255 square kilometres, including sea, islands and part of the coastline, contains "a good ...  >>MORE

Dibba to install new cages on seabed

Posted on 23/04/2002

Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality will install 20 triangle-shaped artificial reefs on the seabed off the Dibba coast at the end of this month in a bid to attract more species of fish to the East Coast waters. The new type of 'cage' is made locally of plaited palm leaves and ropes around an iron grid. The 20 cages will soon be placed on the seabed off the Dibba coast as initial samples of these cages placed in the sea for the last six months have proved to be useful. Moss and coral have grown on ...  >>MORE

Symposium on arid zones begins today

Posted on 22/12/2001

Current status and threat to mangrove and salt marsh ecosystems in arid environments, particularly in the Arabian Peninsula are among the topics that will be discussed in the Second International Symposium and Workshop on Arid Zone Environments: Research and Management Options for Mangrove and Salt Marsh Ecosystems, which gets under way at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi today. The three-day event is being organised by the Abu Dhabi-based Environmental Research and Wildlife ...  >>MORE

Rare sea cow or dugong is facing extinction

Posted on 06/12/2001

The sea cow, or dugong is facing extinction in UAE waters as a result of poor fishing practices, said Dr Saif Al Ghais, vice-president for the West Indian Ocean Marine Specialist Turltes Group, on 4 December. Al Ghais said 'sea cows in the UAE are under severe threat and have a survival rate of only five per cent, and the authorities should take every step to protect them'. One major cause for their disappearance is that UAE fishermen often catch sea cows by mistake in their nets. Fishing ...  >>MORE

Artificial palm reefs attract more fish varieties in Fujairah

Posted on 06/12/2001

In a bid to attract larger varieties of fish into UAE waters, Al Fujairah Municipality has begun installing artificial palm reefs on the seabed off Dibba. 'The reefs are made of plaited palm leaves around an iron grid and the reefs have already undergone a six-month test and are proving successful', said Mattar Saleh Al Kaabi, Director of Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality, on 3 December. 'Mosses and coral grow on the structures and more fish are drawn to them', he said. 'The new caves will be ...  >>MORE

Strict regulations to protect marine life

Posted on 15/08/2001

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr Saeed Al Raghabani, has issued an order on regulations relating to the Federal Fisheries Law No.23 of 1999, stressing the need for protection and development of the country's marine resources. The regulations stipulate strict enforcement of all federal laws relating to marine resources and stress the need for protecting the marine resources, including aquatic plants and animals, as well as fossils of birds, turtles and other animals. The order also ...  >>MORE

ERWDA issues important atlas on Abu Dhabi coastline

Posted on 10/06/2001

The first Abu Dhabi Coastline Oil Spill Protection Priorities Atlas was issued recently by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The atlas, which was published in both languages (Arabic and English), identifies sensitive marine and coastal areas and other sensitive ecological systems in the Emirate, which should be given priority in the event of an oil spill, according to a press release issued today by ERWDA. Mohammed Al Bowardi, ERWDA Managing Director said that ...  >>MORE

UAE to confiscate tankers smuggling Iraqi oil

Posted on 22/04/2001

The UAE said tankers smuggling oil in the waters of the Arabian Gulf will be confiscated and severe penalties will be given to their owners. Speaking during a meeting of a Ministerial committee set up to follow up vessels busting the international embargo and smuggling oil across the Arabian Gulf, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, affirmed the keen desire of relevant authorities in the UAE to continue applying tough measures against vessels violating the ...  >>MORE

ERWDA to help fight latest oil spill off UAE coast

Posted on 16/04/2001

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, has offered to help in the efforts to contain the latest oil spill, which occurred yesterday after an oil Tanker, Zainab, sank off Jebel Ali. In a statement, Majid Al Mansouri, ERWDA's Assistant Secretary General, said that the Agency was ready to dispatch its experts to help in the cleaning exercise, adding that the Agency had, in the past, participated in similar exercises, the latest of which was the oil spill caused by the ...  >>MORE

UAE succeeds to stop leaking oil from sunken tanker

Posted on 16/04/2001

Health Minister Hamad Abdul Rahman al Madfa said that local efforts succeeded in sealing off the leaking oil from the tanker that sank off the Jebel Ali Coast yesterday. Talking to the press, Madfa, who is also the Board Chairman of the Federal Environmental Agency, FEA, said that a specialised team consisting of UAE divers, Dubai Police and Dubai Petroleum Company succeeded to seal off the holes where the oil was leaking from the ship's hull. He added that the latest inspection had shown ...  >>MORE

Management project launched to halt coastal erosion

Posted on 13/01/2001

Rapid soil erosion along the Dubai coastline has compelled the Municipality to launch a coastal management project to protect it from further deterioration. The Municipality said it would regularly collect, monitor and analyse marine data along the seashore. This data will be available to consultants, planners and developers for a fee, and may be used by them to develop projects that will not damage the marine ecology. Municipality Director-General Qassim Sultan said, "A nominal charge ranging ...  >>MORE

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