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Dubai Municipality saves Dh3.5m applying fish breeding project for mosquito control

Posted on 18/12/2013

Dubai Municipality has recently started implementing a fish breeding project to combat mosquito larvae that breed in irrigation basins and water pools in different areas in the emirate of Dubai. The project was adopted based on a collective proposal which won the Ideas Arabia Award 2013, submitted by Hisham Abdul Rahman Yahya, Head of Pest Control Section, Dr. Mahi Gibran, Public Health Studies Specialist and Ali Obaid Bakhit , Head of Technical Services Unit. Hisham Yahya said the ...  >>MORE

Asmak brings first ever salmon farms to the Western Region of Abu Dhabi

Posted on 26/11/2013

Asmak, the International Fish Farming Holding Co. PJSC, yesterday showed their intension to introduce, for the first time in the region, land based Salmon farming in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi utilising a unique recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) farm. The company shared the full details of the development plan yesterday as part of its participation at SIAL Middle East 2013, the leading industry event that opened on 24 November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). ...  >>MORE

Region’s largest fish reserve launched

Posted on 07/11/2013

Work on the development of a 360,000-square-metre fish reserve in Dhadna has commenced as part of the community-driven ‘Al Bayt Mitwahid - Our Home is United' initiative launched by employees of the court of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Led by the Crown Prince's Court (CPC) team, Al Bayt Mitwahid campaign aims to promote a culture of "giving back to the community” across the seven emirates. ...  >>MORE

Dubai to breed fish to kill mosquitoes

Posted on 21/08/2013

As part of its efforts to find natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes Dubai Municipality has come up with a new idea to breed a kind of fish in various parts of Dubai.Hisham Abdulrahman Al Yahya, Pest Control section at the Public Health Services Department of Dubai Municipality said Dubai Municipality has been keen on developing and introducing various kind of pest control methods that do not harm humans and environment. According to him his section has started a project to breed fish named ...  >>MORE

EAD's Fisheries Socio-Economic Survey kicks off across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/07/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi's (EAD) Fisheries Socio-Economic Survey for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which studies the social and economic impacts on current and future regulation of the fisheries sector, has kicked off with its data collection phase. The Fisheries Socio-Economic Survey for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has also begun with a stakeholder workshop, which served as an introductory session for key government and non-government entities. EAD provided a complete project description ...  >>MORE

DM releases 70,000 baby fishes into sea to preserve marine environment

Posted on 13/07/2013

Based on the directives of H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Dubai Municipality released 70,000 fingerlings of Sobaity and Sha'am fishes in Mamzar sea, in order to preserve the environment and biodiversity. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said that the civic body has chosen these two types considering its rapid breeding since they throw eggs in less than 6 months and proliferate ...  >>MORE

Fingerlings released at Ajman's Al Zawra natural reserve

Posted on 08/06/2013

The Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) and the Municipality '&' Planning Dept-Ajman have released some 15000 fingerlings (juvenile fish) into the waters of Al Zawra natural reserve in Ajman. The release of fingerlings is part of efforts to enhance the fish stocks in the reserve, according to Humaid Al Mualla, the executive director of Public Health and Environment at the Municipality '&' Planning Dept-Ajman. It is also part of efforts towards sustainable development of fisheries and ...  >>MORE

MoEW releases fingerlings into Umm Al-Qaiwain creek

Posted on 03/06/2013

The Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) has released the first batch of Hamour, Safi, Subaiti and Sha'am fingerlings (juvenile fish) into the waters of Khour Umm Al-Qaiwain creek. Local fishermen from the emirate took part in the release in cooperation the Umm Al-Qaiwain Municipality. Dr. Ibrahim Al Jamali, Director of the Umm Al-Qaiwain based Marine Environment Research Centre (MERC), an affiliate of the Ministry, said the Ministry is interested in involving all stakeholders, including ...  >>MORE

New fish market in Sharjah set to open in 2014

Posted on 15/04/2013

A new and bigger fish market is being built in Al Jubail area to cope with increasing demand. Due to the increase in the number of customers visiting the market, the municipality is building the new facilities to meet the rise in demand for more fish shops by Sharjah residents. The new market will be 10 times bigger than the existing one and will host more than 400 outlets. The new fish market is being built to replace the old one next to the Creek and is set to open in the beginning of ...  >>MORE

Two-month ban on fishing Al Badah in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 02/04/2013

About 1,500 fishing boats in Abu Dhabi have started avoiding catching popular sea fish Al Badah (Longtail Silver Biddy) from Monday following a temporary ban on its fishing and sale issued by the Ministry of Environment and Water. Although the ban will deprive Abu Dhabi residents of their favourite dish for two months, it will help enhance the long-term availability of the fish. This step has been taken for the restoration of the dwindling stock of Al Badah, to give the species some time to ...  >>MORE

Dh250m Dubai fish market to open in 2014

Posted on 01/04/2013

The tradition of fishing has been deeply rooted in the UAE's culture as sailors traded for centuries between the Arabian and Indian seas, and that tradition will remain alive for generations to come with the launch of the new fish market in 2014. The Deira Fish Market, which has been a tourist haven since it opened in 1988, is one of the city's most popular landmarks, with scores of residents rushing there at the weekends to purchase the fresh catch of the day. To keep the country's heritage ...  >>MORE

MoEW bans badah fishing in Abu Dhabi waters

Posted on 28/03/2013

The Ministry of Environment and Water has banned the catching and selling of the Longtail Silver Biddy, known locally as badah, for two months as of April 1. The ministry has also banned the use of certain types of fishing nets as a measure to protect popular species from overfishing. While the resolution banned local nets like sakar, it allowed the use of dafara nets only in regions that are three nautical miles away from islands and two nautical miles from the mainland, with a condition that ...  >>MORE

UAE laws aim to prevent shark overfishing

Posted on 14/10/2012

Mohammad Tabish, fisheries specialist with the Ministry of Water and Environment, says as top predator, sharks must be protected through stringent regulations placed upon the commercial fishing industry in the UAE. Speaking at the Shark Conservation in Arabia Workshop, Tabish said the UAE is meeting the call for protection through detailed legal measures designed to ensure that the Gulf's apex predator is here for future generations to enjoy. "Sharks are one of the most important fish species ...  >>MORE

EAD studies show steep decline in fish stocks in past three decades

Posted on 31/07/2012

Fish stock assessment studies carried out by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) show a severe decline in the important UAE commercial fish stocks in the past 30 years. Some most-favoured species like hammour and kingfish are currently fished at more than seven times the sustainable level. Too many fish are being removed too early in their life cycle, reducing their potential to produce the next generation and consequently future stocks. The EAD has come out with a project called ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi highlights need to conserve Abu Dhabi's fish stocks

Posted on 29/11/2011

On the occasion of World Fisheries Day - which falls in November - the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has released the results of studies which indicate that measures to ensure the UAE's fish stocks are making a positive impact. In response to surveys which revealed that the UAE's fish stocks were being fished above their sustainable optimum levels, EAD and its partners have implemented a series of measures which are helping to conserve fish resources. An index developed for the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi farm project to provide fish at lower prices

Posted on 25/09/2011

UAE residents will be able to buy some of their favourite fish at lower prices, when Abu Dhabi's ambitious plan to establish the largest fish farm in the country materialises in the near future. The Abu Dhabi Fishermen's Cooperative Society says the project will be able to curb increasing fish prices due to dwindling fish stocks in the sea. "The farm will breed some of the more costly fish such as hammour [orange-spotted grouper], Shaari [spangled emperor], Safi Arabi [white-spotted ...  >>MORE

Asmak inks US$18 million landmark deal with Jordan's military consumer establishment

Posted on 15/09/2011

UAE-based Asmak - International Fish Farming Holding Co. PJSC, a pioneer aquaculture and seafood manufacturing and distribution company with a rapidly growing footprint in the Middle East, yesterday announced it has inked a deal to supply over 2,000 tonnes of seafood products per annum to Military Consumer Establishment (MCE), Jordan. The two-year deal worth an annual export value of US$9 million was signed between Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi, Chairman, Asmak, and Brigadier General Ali Saleh Al ...  >>MORE

The Royal Caviar Company hatches first batch of sturgeon eggs in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 06/09/2011

The Royal Caviar Company (TRCC), the world's largest and most technologically advanced producer of high quality sustainably produced caviar, has witnessed the hatching of its first sturgeon fish in Abu Dhabi. Almost 120,000 sturgeon eggs were flown in from Germany last month, and since their arrival, TRCC has seen more than 80% of these eggs successfully hatch representing the company's first batch of locally-grown sturgeon. The young sturgeon will be reared not only for the production of ...  >>MORE

UAE set to uncover new black gold

Posted on 28/06/2011

Far away from the Caspian Sea, sturgeons are raised in ponds cooled in the heart of the Gulf desert of Abu Dhabi, carrying in their wombs a form of black gold strange to these countries caviar. Production of the desert-grown caviar will begin later this year and by 2012, consumers in the region will begin savouring the "food of the kings". "Abu Dhabi is an ideal location for distribution of the world's growing markets for high-quality caviar and sturgeon fillet. In fact, in the UAE alone, ...  >>MORE

UAE to serve up home grown caviar

Posted on 08/06/2011

The UAE will produce its first sturgeon caviar this year, thanks to the world's largest and most technologically advanced caviar farm. At its farm in Mussaffah, the Royal Caviar Company now has about 7,000 Siberian sturgeon in its tanks. The fish, all 18 tonnes of them, were flown from Germany last month. International officials all but shut down the wild caviar market in 2006, following concerns about overfishing of the endangered wild Caspian sturgeon. As a result, the total world ...  >>MORE

Special sturgeon fish cargo shipment goes swimmingly

Posted on 07/04/2011

Etihad Crystal Cargo's has transported live reared sturgeon for the world's biggest caviar factory which is being built in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The 22 adult sturgeon fish were flown from Frankfurt Hahn Airport to Abu Dhabi and then transported to a new 60,000 sq meter state of the art farm recently commissioned for rearing sturgeons and production of caviar in the UAE. Roy Kinnear, Etihad Airways' Senior Vice President Cargo, said: "Etihad is proud of its reputation for carrying precious ...  >>MORE

UAE obtains legal accreditation for export fisheries to EU countries

Posted on 30/11/2010

The Ministry of Environment and Water has obtained accreditation of the European Commission for health certificates issued by the ministry for fishery products exported from UAE to EU countries. With this accreditation, UAE has been included on the list of countries committed to the prevention of illegal practices in the fisheries export to EU countries in accordance with European legislation. This comes within the efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Environment and water to ensure healthy ...  >>MORE

Number of Emirati fishermen continues to increase

Posted on 22/11/2010

The number of national fishermen is steadily rising in the UAE and the amount of local fishing boats have recorded a remarkable increase over the last three decades. The country strictly follows the law, which prevents foreign fishing vessels from fishing in its territorial waters. The latest figures released by the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) showed that the number of fishing boats in the UAE rose from 1065 in the year 1976 to a staggering 5692 boats in 2009. Currently ...  >>MORE

64,000 fish released into mangroves

Posted on 05/08/2010

Sixty-four thousand farmed fish have been released into UAE mangroves along the Arabian Gulf so far this year to boost fish stocks and increase the country's food security. The Ministry of Environment and Water's Marine Resources Research Centre farms several varieties of fish, including the orange-spotted grouper, or hammour, and release them as fingerlings annually. Marine Research Centre Acting Director Eisa Abdul Karim Yafi'i said total of 6,245 fish were released in Abu Dhabi, 1,600 in ...  >>MORE

Number of fishermen on the rise as fish stocks dwindle

Posted on 07/07/2010

The fishing industry has recorded an increase of more than 600 fishermen in the last year yet while fish stocks dwindle in the Arabian Gulf, the federal fisheries department continues to release farmed-fingerlings to boost fish populations. According to the Ministry of Environment and Water the number of registered fishermen has climbed to 6,294 in 2010 from 5,692 in 2009 with full support from the fisheries department as a means to achieve food security for the UAE. However, the issuing of ...  >>MORE

EAD releases juveniles, fingerlings to sustain Abu Dhabi's fisheries

Posted on 28/06/2010

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the International Fish Farming Holding Company P.J.S.C. (ASMAK), a leading aquaculture company in the UAE, have released 50,000 fingerlings and juveniles of two local fish species: Hammour (Orange Spotted Grouper) and Sobaity. For the first time, the fish were released as part of EAD's Fish Stock Enhancement Programme, which aims to sustain the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's fisheries. The fish were released in coordination with the Tourism Development '&' ...  >>MORE

Thousands of hammour released

Posted on 24/06/2010

Thousands of farmed Hammour were released off the coast of Abu Dhabi yesterday in a first-of-its-kind effort to reverse the decline of the threatened fish species. About 25,000 juvenile Hammour, and the same number of another local species, Sobaity seabream, were released into waters on the northern coast of Saadiyat Island in a two-hour operation. Hammour, also known as orange-spotted grouper, is a favourite dish in the UAE, and populations are on the brink of collapse. Experts say the ...  >>MORE

Fish prices skyrocket in Fujairah

Posted on 10/06/2010

Unstable weather in the eastern coast of the UAE kept fishermen away from high seas,
causing a short supply of fish and skyrocketing prices. The bad weather was caused by a tropical storm Phet. Prices of fish had more than tripled, fishermen said. Abdullah Al Dali, chairman of Fujairah Fishermen's Society, said the local catch had fallen and most of the fish on sale were imported from the neighbouring emirates. "This situation stemmed from reluctance of fishermen to venture into the ...  >>MORE

EAD to cooperate with Japan in the field of Aquaculture

Posted on 05/05/2010

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) signed yesterday on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kinki University, Japan to cooperate in the fields of aquaculture research and development. The MoU was signed by H.E Majid Al Mansouri, EAD's Secretary General and H.E. Hiroshige Seko, Vice President of Kinki University at EAD's headquarters in Al Ma'moura Building. This MOU follows numerous consultations and exchanges of information between the two ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed issues decision banning fishing, marketing of Al Badh, Arab Biya and Safi fish in reproduction period

Posted on 23/04/2010

An administrative decision has been issued, banning, fishing and marketing of Badh, Arab Biya and Safi fish in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi from early April 1 to May 31, 2010, according to the decision issued by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Western Region and Chairman of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD). The decision is based on the results of statistical surveys conducted by the EAD in 2009 to assess status of fish reserve in the emirate and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority sets safety norms for new fish market

Posted on 17/03/2010

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority has declared that it has already began to take the necessary steps to enforce the best international food safety standards at the new fish market currently being built by Lulu Hypermarket group at the Airport Road in Abu Dhabi. The market is due to open after four months. The Authority, which is working closely with the developers of the new market during construction to ensure all safeguards are strictly adhered to, made it clear that the market would have ...  >>MORE

Fish supply must be better protected, officials say

Posted on 07/01/2010

Surprise inspections of fishing boats at sea would help protect the declining fish population in local waters, an official from the Environment Agency − Abu Dhabi (EAD) said yesterday. The agency is concerned because previous measures have not done enough to maintain the stock of the most important commercial fish species. Inspections are needed to ensure fishing boats follow regulations regarding everything from equipment to personnel to the home base of the boat, said Dr Thabit al ...  >>MORE

Department adds 5,000 fish to reserve's waters

Posted on 16/07/2009

In its continuous efforts to develop the natural reserve project in Jebel Ali, the Department of Planning and Development Trakhees in the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation on Wednesday morning released 5,000 fingerlings of subaiti (silver-black porgy) in its natural marine reserve area. This was undertaken in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Water. The Environment, Health and Safety Department (EHS)-Trakhees in coordination with the Marine Resources Research Centre ...  >>MORE

UAE-based scientist finds new fish species in Oman

Posted on 28/05/2009

A new species of Arabian freshwater fish has been discovered by a UAE-based researcher and conservation officer at Emirates Wildlife Society - World Wildlife Fund (EWS-WWF). The small wadi fish was found in the Dhofra region of Oman near a village called Hasik near Salalah. To date there were only sixteen recorded species of primary freshwater fish throughout the Arabian Peninsula The freshwater fish, called Garra Smarti after its discoverer Emma Smart, was located in a geographically ...  >>MORE

Curbs on hammour sales to save stocks

Posted on 14/05/2009

Environment officials will soon begin restricting the sale of hammour in the country in an effort to stave off the extinction of the popular local fish, whose population has been dwindling rapidly. Abdulla Abdulrazzaq, consultant to the assistant deputy minister for fisheries at the Ministry of Environment and Water, said the ministry intended to prohibit the sale of hammour under 45cm in length, the typical size at which they reach sexual maturity. Hammour is one of a number of species ...  >>MORE

Reviving the pearl’s lustre

Posted on 17/02/2009

A patch of sea off the coast of Ras al Khaimah holds the key to the rebirth of the long-lost pearl industry in the Emirates. Beneath the waters lie hundreds of thousands of pearls, but these are not the natural wonders for which Emiratis scoured the ocean floor hundreds of years ago. The natural process has been prodded along by technology in about one million oysters by the Al Rams-based Emirates and Japan Pearl Cultivation and Trading Company, the only organised cultured pearl farm in the ...  >>MORE

Stronger regulations to preserve hammour

Posted on 26/11/2008

The Abu Dhabi Government is considering new fishing regulations to protect hammour in the emirate's waters. Hammour stocks worth Dh24.2 million (US$88.8m) were fished in Abu Dhabi in 2007, government statistics show. However, the catch is declining and there are no limits on catching juvenile fish. The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) is considering stricter measures than restrictions on fishing introduced in past years. Dr Thabit Zahran al Abdessalaam, the director of marine biodiversity ...  >>MORE

UAQ Marine Research Centre successfully hatches Hamour Larvae

Posted on 27/05/2008

The UAQ Marine Research Centre affiliated to the Ministry of Environment and Water has successfully hatched larvae of Hamour fish. The production of Hamour offspring came at the end of a series of experiments conducted at its laboratories and the Hamour hatcheries in the emirate. Some recent studies conducted in various parts of the world have suggested that 'Hamour' might be facing extinction. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

EAD monitoring fishing vessels

Posted on 05/08/2007

To complement its already existing surveillance of fishing vessels, the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) will be adopting a useful tool to help track and monitor fishing vessels within the waters off the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. EAD will establish a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), in its capacity as the competent authority responsible for Fisheries and Marine Resources Management in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This system is part of the activities of EAD?s Monitoring Control and Surveillance ...  >>MORE

New rule for fishing boats comes into effect today

Posted on 31/07/2007

Beginning today, commercial fishing boats will be barred from operating in Abu Dhabi waters if the boat owners are not present in the vessels. The Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) had issued a decree in this regard in April this year and the law comes into effect from today. EAD officials said that by taking this measure, the government hoped to encourage Emirati fishermen to become active partners in the conservation, protection and sustainable exploitation of the fishery resources. The law ...  >>MORE

Native wadi fish under threat

Posted on 23/06/2007

Diminished water tables, the introduction of non-native fish and pollution is affecting the survival of an indigenous fish species. Colloquially known as wadi fish after their habitat, the first study of this species is currently under way and results so far have spread light on the threats mountain ecosystems and endemic species are facing here. The main study site for this fish is in the catchment of Wadi Wurayah near Fujairah, which covers an area of 129 square kilometres. Sixty-eight ...  >>MORE

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Dubai Municipality saves Dh3.5m applying fish breeding project for mosquito control


Asmak brings first ever salmon farms to the Western Region of Abu Dhabi


Region’s largest fish reserve launched


Dubai to breed fish to kill mosquitoes


EAD's Fisheries Socio-Economic Survey kicks off across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi


DM releases 70,000 baby fishes into sea to preserve marine environment


Fingerlings released at Ajman's Al Zawra natural reserve


MoEW releases fingerlings into Umm Al-Qaiwain creek


New fish market in Sharjah set to open in 2014


Two-month ban on fishing Al Badah in Abu Dhabi


Dh250m Dubai fish market to open in 2014


MoEW bans badah fishing in Abu Dhabi waters


UAE laws aim to prevent shark overfishing


EAD studies show steep decline in fish stocks in past three decades


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi highlights need to conserve Abu Dhabi's fish stocks


Abu Dhabi farm project to provide fish at lower prices


Asmak inks US$18 million landmark deal with Jordan's military consumer establishment


The Royal Caviar Company hatches first batch of sturgeon eggs in Abu Dhabi


UAE set to uncover new black gold


UAE to serve up home grown caviar


Special sturgeon fish cargo shipment goes swimmingly


UAE obtains legal accreditation for export fisheries to EU countries


Number of Emirati fishermen continues to increase


64,000 fish released into mangroves


Number of fishermen on the rise as fish stocks dwindle


EAD releases juveniles, fingerlings to sustain Abu Dhabi's fisheries


Thousands of hammour released


Fish prices skyrocket in Fujairah


EAD to cooperate with Japan in the field of Aquaculture


Hamdan bin Zayed issues decision banning fishing, marketing of Al Badh, Arab Biya and Safi fish in reproduction period


Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority sets safety norms for new fish market


Fish supply must be better protected, officials say


Department adds 5,000 fish to reserve's waters


UAE-based scientist finds new fish species in Oman


Curbs on hammour sales to save stocks


Reviving the pearl’s lustre


Stronger regulations to preserve hammour


UAQ Marine Research Centre successfully hatches Hamour Larvae


EAD monitoring fishing vessels


New rule for fishing boats comes into effect today


Native wadi fish under threat