Fishing resources

UAE climate change minister pledges to protect marine resources

The authorities continue their efforts to protect the marine environment of the United Arab Emirates.

Mariam Al Mheiri, The Minister of Climate Change and Environment said protecting marine resources and biodiversity are key priorities for the country.

She was speaking at a meeting of the Supreme Committee for the Exploitation, Protection and Development of Living Aquatic Resources held on Thursday.

“We rely heavily on seafood in our diets as a sustainable and healthy source of protein. We are committed to protecting our marine wealth and to intensifying research and development in this area to increase the contribution of seafood products to our food security,” she said.

“Aquaculture’s growing share of meeting global seafood demand underscores its appeal as a lucrative investment. Therefore, we are working to develop the sector locally by promoting investment and entrepreneurship and improving fishing regulations in cooperation with our stakeholders.

A number of initiatives have been undertaken by the ministry to ensure that marine life is preserved in the UAE.

These include assessments of aquaculture systems at marine sites and carrying out a feasibility study of certain fish species.

The Dubai model was shared at the meeting, where members heard about the aims of the Living Aquatic Resources Fisheries Regulatory Committee in the emirate.

The Dubai committee is responsible for preserving aquatic resources, enforcing fishing regulations, monitoring infractions that can lead to the depletion of fish and sea creatures, and assisting in the creation of artificial reefs to restore the coastline.

Another goal of the project is to increase commercial fish production by 2030 by encouraging sustainable fishing methods.

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Updated: February 11, 2022, 8:49 a.m.