Construction of the Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Marine Research Centre in Umm Al Quwain was inaugurated by Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water, on Thursday.
The dh75-million project was launched in February by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, upon a grant from the President, His Highness Shaikh 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 project features a hatchery facility with a capacity to produce 10 million fingerlings of local and non-indigenous commercial species per year. It will also have laboratories, and educational, multi-purpose, administration and accommodation facilities.
It will work on feeding natural reserves along the coastline of the UAE with fingerlings and will support local fisheries, the minister said in remarks at the ceremony.
The centre will develop new technologies of hatching the species originating in the local marine environment for sustainable development in aquaculture and strengthening the ranching resources in the local ecosystem.
It will also enhance research in areas such as aquaculture, oceanography, marine pollution and fisheries.