Abu Dhabi, November 26 (WAM) – Abu Dhabi Marine Inspection Teams recently found six dead cows on the Abu Dhabi coast from the cargo area to the Ghantoot area, where the lost lives are a major loss for marine birds .
Abu Dhabi hosts the second largest gathering of the most important and endangered in the world, with about 3,000 sea cows mainly concentrated in the waters surrounding the Marwah Marine Reserve.
With the discovery of new cases of death, the number of dead dying cows from the beginning of the year to 20 cases compared to 15 deaths recorded in 2017 over the same period was detected in high-fat cows during marine patrol patrols and which is being implemented by the Commission to monitor sensitive marine areas and to control commercial or recreational fishing operations in the Emirates.
The survey and autopsy results of the Commission indicate that the most likely cause of death is suffocation after the appearance of the fishing net, which is being used in breach of fisheries legislation and unsustainably by some fishermen.
Sea cages and their habitats in the UAE are protected under federal law no. 23 and Federal Law no. 24 of 1999. The UAE is also a signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Protection and Management of Cattle within the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species, an important role in protecting the sea valleys from the legacy of the father of the late father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in preserving the environment and the regional and global efforts to protect this species.
"The protection and natural habitat of marine birds remain an important priority for the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and we will continue our efforts in collaboration with BISA to ensure the conservation of marine habitats and strict enforcement of the laws," said Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Chief Executive Officer biodiversity and marine biodiversity.
Al-Dhahiri stressed the need for all fishermen to comply with federal and local law and engage in fishing and sustainable use of equipment. "
The Commission called for the limitation of incidental seabird catches in abandoned fishing nets to avoid fish loss and the reporting of abandoned fishing grounds. The Commission, with the support of the Biosafety Clearing-House, has increased its inspections to reduce the harmful effects of illegal fishing practices. Before competent authorities use illegal and forbidden fishing gear and methods, they are responsible for legal liability when the fine reaches 50,000 dirhams and imprisonment for at least three months if the penalty is doubled in case of repetition.
In 2018, the Agency seized over 40 infringements of illegal fishing practices recorded during maritime inspections.
Since 1999, the Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency (Abu Dhabi) has been conducting a study of sea cows and their habitats in the United Arab Emirates. The program focuses on studying the environment of these storage organisms and on migration paths and patterns. In the past, to better understand the behavior of the sea valleys and the risks they face.
As the Commission began its studies, investigated 165 deaths, so far the most common cause of death has been suffocation due to neglected fishing nets. Other causes of death include: loss and degradation of natural habitats and marine pollution and collision with fast ships; Winter that coincides with the intensity of fishing.