Monitoring stations set up at 7 places

ABU DHABI — Around 500 coral reefs are located in the Gulf waters off the emirate of Abu Dhabi and eastern Qatar, according to a US oceanographer.

By Atef Hanafi

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Published: Fri 9 Jun 2006, 11:24 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:21 PM

Dr Bernard Riegl, Member of National Coral Reefs Institute of Florida, US, (NCRI), told Khaleej Times that the first-ever map of coral reefs for the UAE and Qatar is ready.

He added that more research and studies were needed to conserve marine life in these areas. “Such projects require continuous development and support,'' he maintained.

He explained that 10 researchers were trained in 20 locations where the research team has set up seven monitoring stations in shallow waters to monitor and protect coral reefs.

Dr Thabit Zahran Al Abdessalaam, Director, Marine Environment Research Centre, EAD, said: “This project is critical for implementing a management plan to conserve our coastal marine resources, particularly corals. There is hope for a full recovery of the coral systems from past stress events, especially within the marine protected areas of Abu Dhabi Emirate.

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