The decision is based on the results of statistical surveys conducted by the EAD in 2009 to assess status of fish reserve in the emirate and extent of exposure to over-fishing. They showed the total net of Badh, Biya and Safi fish amounted to about 217. 7 metric tonnes, equivalent to 0.04 percent of the total stock in the waters of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The studies on the biological reproduction of the three types showed that they reach reproduction peak period from April to May. Hence, the study recommended to ban fishing of these species during the peak period of reproduction.
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