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Dugong conservation efforts in the UAE

by | 23-10-2014 05:20 recommendations 0

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The Environment Agency (EAD) -Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Total and Total Al Bukoosh (ABK) aims to raise awareness about the threats facing the Abu Dhabi dugong population and ensuring then a safe place to live.

Dugongs have slow movements, are of a mild and gentle nature and are prone to many threats like fishing nets and being struck on their bodies by ship propellers.

The UAE, which is home to the second largest population of dugong in the world,   has already taken several measures to protect them .These include:

Issuing Federal Law No. 23 and 24 in 1999 to prevent their exploitation.

Signing the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) agreement in 2007, which dealt with the conservation and management of dugongs.

Protecting the marine habitat of the dugong, monitoring and studying their geographical and biological distribution in UAE waters.

In addition to these ongoing efforts, the educational workshops and information campaigns are planned to be organized with a view to educate the fishing community, boat owners and the general public.


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  • says :
    Thank you for sharing, Aasha Eapen!
    Posted 27-11-2014 13:17

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  • Rohan Kapur says :
    I never knew Aasha that second largest population of Dugong in the world is in UAE.
    It is our pride & we must take all efforts to sustain its well being.
    Fishing community, Boat owners & Public at large must be suitable educated to protect Dugong
    Posted 02-11-2014 21:19

  • says :
    UAE has shown its commitment time & again to protect its marine life. This is one of the measures.
    Thanks for sharing Aasha.
    Posted 28-10-2014 21:22

  • says :
    Happy to know that UAE has taken this prompt action. Thanks for sharing
    Posted 24-10-2014 04:46

  • says :
    Glad to share Ayesha and Burton .Yes Arushi, the UAE is truly doing all it can to protect biodiversity .
    Posted 24-10-2014 04:05

  • says :
    this is informative. i did not know about this species and now i am going to google it :)
    thank you Aasha for sharing

    Posted 24-10-2014 02:06

  • Arushi Madan says :
    Thanks for sharing , Aasha. UAE is doing everything possible to protect biodiversity and this is one such move.
    Posted 23-10-2014 21:01

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