The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment installed 100 artificial caves at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, Dubai, in co-operation with Delma Marine Industrial Supply & Marine Services Company (Delma Marine) yesterday.
The artificial caves were named Zayed Marine Reserves to commemorate the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s commitment to the environment, reported state news agency Wam.
The installation of these caves will help ensure the sustainability of the marine environment and step up the development of living aquatic resources in the UAE.
Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Major General Pilot Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani, Chairman of the Marine Conservation Society, witnessed the installation of the artificial caves.
Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “Commencing the implementation of the first phase of the MoU with Delma Marine is in line with the ministry’s strategy to support the sustainability of the marine environment, promote research and studies on marine biodiversity, build incubators for young fish in the coastal marine environment and to enhance the fisheries stock.”
“This agreement aims to strengthen the partnership between the government and private sectors and promote the value of social responsibility among private sector companies,” he noted.
The first phase includes the manufacturing and installation of 100 artificial caves, and per the MoU with Delma Marine, other caves will be installed in various locations to be determined later this year, he added.
The Artificial Caves Program, which the Ministry started to implement in 2016, included the establishment of an artificial marine reserve in Ras Dhadna with 400 cement caves, establishment of five fishing sites using artificial caves in the Bird Island of Dibba, five fishing sites using 150 artificial caves each in the northern emirates of Umm Al Qaiwain and Ajman.
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