Sanctuary set up for marine life

ABU DHABI — The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has named Bou Al Siayeev as a marine protected area.

By Atef Hanafi

Published: Sun 1 Apr 2007, 9:52 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:35 AM

The marine life sanctuary is located in the east of Halet Al Bahrani and the west of the Hadiriat Island, including Alftisi Island, Dahisha and Karkeshan.

The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency will look after the region and implement the laws and regulations regarding the protection of environment as the only administrative body responsible for this duty.

The agency seeks to issue an Amiri decree that bans fishing, capturing birds or killing wildlife and marine resources or causing any damage to flora and fauna.

The Amiri decree will also prohibit destruction or removal of coral reefs and seashells, rocks and soil from the protected area.

The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency will also decide on areas to be reserved for environmental tourism.

Environmental surveys showed the presence of at least 50 bird species. In fact, the region is home to 1,100 Flamingos.

The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency has completed archaeological surveys of several sites on the Alftisi Island.

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