Env. Minister inspects construction work at Sheikh Khalifa Marine Research Centre in Umm Al Qaiwain

WAM Umm Al Qaiwain, June 28th, 2013 – Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has inspected progress of construction work at the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Marine Research Centre in Umm Al Qaiwain.

The minister himself inaugurated the construction work last April.

The AED75 million project was launched in February 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, upon a grant from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to contribute to the protection of the UAE’s marine environment and fish stocks.

The centre is part of the Ministry’s strategy to develop natural resources and contribute to food security through protecting endangered species, supporting their habitat and populations affected by overfishing.

The minister said the UAE has taken significant strides in aquaculture.

The UAE is one of the pioneers in aquaculture in the region given its endowed natural lagoons, bays and creeks, most of which are encircled by mangrove swamps providing ideal spawning and nursery grounds for a wide variety of fish species.

In compliance with the policy of the Government, the minister added that the 2.5 million fingerling of different species had been released over the last few years at suitable locations along the coastal waters of UAE.

He said that seven fish farms were registered with the ministry, producing 220,000 tons of different species of fish.

”The world class facility constitutes a qualitative addition to efforts for development of national research in conservation and protection of marine environment and resources,” he noted.

The ministry has been promoting aquaculture by offering fingerlings and imparting technical know-how to those who are interested. The environmental conditions in the country are favourable for aquaculture projects.

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