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Hamour facing extinction

A Staff Reporter
Filed on August 14, 2005

DUBAI - A recent study conducted in various parts of the world including the Arabian Gulf has revealed that 'Hamour,' a favourite among the nationals, might 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 survive.

Hamour, which is found off the coast of Abu Dhabi and Fujairah, is a favourite among marine culinary for it's high nutritional value. Hamour fishing is usually carried out twice a year, beginning of winter and summer.

Following the study's warning, Marine Life Centre, which is affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, began to implement the recommendations including planting of Hamour larva in special ponds. The exercise is being carried out under the supervision of Engineer Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Jinahy.

The study had recommended that the larva of Hamour be protected from the big fishes in the sea, but this led to lack of nutrition for the larva to grow, which is reflected in the fact that only seven per cent of the planted larva survive.

Large fiber glass or cement ponds of 100 cubic metres are used for the larva planting. They are either circular or rectangular in shape with a flat base, where the larva is placed.

Outside planting is carried out in cement or sand ponds, which are filled with water a day or two before the placing of eggs. Nets with tiny holes are placed in the water supply tubes to keep out the big fish from preying on the larva.





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