Shiekh Hamdan Ben Zayd Speech
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the ruler in the Al Dhafra region and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, expressed his optimism about the improvement recorded by the authority in the state of fish stocks for some of the main commercial fish species in the waters of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
His Highness said that the improvement came as a result of the policies, procedures and administrative measures taken to improve the deteriorating situation of the stocks of the main species of fish that have been depleted, as part of a comprehensive protection plan for their recovery and sustainability for future generations, within one year of its implementation, in order to be a vital tributary of the food security system in the country.
His Highness said, 'Because fishing is an important part of our marine heritage, it was necessary to develop a plan to revive and renew the fish stocks in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, by adopting the best methods and methods to ensure the sustainability of fisheries, and implementing a series of decisive administrative procedures and measures that would reduce pressure on the fisheries. Fisheries in the commercial and recreational sectors, in addition to improving fish stocks and rehabilitating fisheries habitats.
His Highness praised the cooperation of fishermen in implementing the decisions and procedures followed, which contributed greatly to limiting the effects of excessive fishing on the marine environment and in achieving a balance between environmental, economic and social goals, which will ensure the renewal and recovery of the fish stock, expressing his hope that the fish stock will witness more Improvement.
For his part, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Authority, Mohammed Ahmed Al-Bawardi, considered the results achieved by the authority a step in the right direction to rebuild the main fish stocks above the sustainable threshold of managing fisheries of 30%, as well as managing commercial fisheries in an effective manner that ensures environmental stability and is consistent with meeting the needs of Population.
It is noteworthy that the authority monitors the fish stock according to the two main sustainability indicators, the ratio of the average size of the mature stock (reproductive fish) of the species of grouper, hairy, farsh, kingfish, and sustainable fishing, which describes the proportion of species that are sustainably exploited from the total catch.