RAS AL KHAIMAH, June 17th, 2013.
Steps are being taken to preserve aquatic life in the UAE. A delegation from the Environment Protection and Development Authority (EPDA) visited Mina Al Arab Reserve at Muzahmi Creek and released 9,600 ‘Silver Seabream’ and 1,000 ‘Hamour” fishes.
According to EPDA, the area is the ideal location for this project as it is full of reserves, coves and mangroves. The presence of a large number of mangroves in ‘Al Muzahmi’ will help these species adapt to natural life and increase the overall fish wealth in the UAE.
The Hamour has been known as the species that battles for survival. In 2005 it was revealed that Hamour, a favourite among nationals, could be facing extinction. The study, carried out by Dr Mike Rimmer and translated into Arabic by Yasser Mohammad Al Hassan, a researcher, recommended the use of nets with large holes while fishing to allow the Hamour to survive.
Mohammed Sultan Al Qadi, Managing Director and CEO of RAK Properties said: “We are delighted to contribute to the environment conservation initiatives being run in Ras Al Khaimah. We will continue to support all measures and programmes designed to protect natural resources and boost fish wealth in the UAE.”
Dr. Saif M Al Ghais, Executive Director of the EPDA, said: “We have selected Mina Al Arab Reserve as it is considered an ideal area for nursing the ‘Silver Seabream’ before they are transferred to the fishery inventory.”
RAK Properties, a Public Joint Stock Company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market, is a real estate development company established to implement the emirate’s plans to promote real estate, tourism and leisure facilities in RAK and invest in interesting projects. It is intended that its activities will encourage economic growth in the UAE in general and Ras Al Khaimah in particular. The company launched its first project, Julfar Towers – a 45-storied twin office and residential project at a cost of AED 500 million – in February 2006 followed by Mina Al Arab – spread over 43 million sq. feet at a cost of AED 10 Billion – in May 2006. It also launched RAK Tower in Abu Dhabi at Cityscape Dubai.