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[Ambassador report] Thematic Report: Marine Life

by Sainath Manikandan | 14-11-2019 18:45 Comments 6 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



It is high time we take steps to protect our marine environment and species. There is a lot of pressure which we are inserting on our seas and it is taking a heavy toll on our marine species. Seas and oceans have valuable resources. It provides us with food, transport, energy and stabilizes our climate.

We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Oceans are facing threats as a result of human activity. Every year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the world’s oceans.

The forefathers of Abu Dhabi owed their living to the waters of the Arabian Gulf and it continues to teem with life. One of the world’s largest and densest colonies of dugongs live here, as do many seabird colonies. Several hundred thousand migrating shorebirds visit each year. Abu Dhabi also hosts approximately 110 km2 of mangroves. But these waters and the plant and animal species within them now face immense threats, on several fronts due to plastic pollution.

As United Arab Emirates is famous for the desert and arid region, most of them assume that the natural environment will be suitable only for animals capable of coping with the hot climatic condition, barren desert and lack of water. But the actual fact isn’t that. UAE is home to a wide variety of marine animals.

Marine animals such as sea snakes, dugongs and green turtles are found in the Southern Gulf waters. Although a wide variety of marine life do exist in UAE but only a few people living here actually come to know or see the sea life. The extensive seagrass beds of UAE is a favorite habitat for many marine species.

Aquatic animals are useful to us many ways. They supply compounds that could treat many diseases and infections.

Some of the activities which has lead to the diminishing of the marine ecosystems are over fishing, litter dumping, careless disposal of wastes by companies and individuals, oil spillage,…And also pesticides are killing thousands of the marine species. The surface water is becoming acidic due to the results of global warming. This has led to quite a lot of changes in our food supply and our habitat.

A few measures taken by entities are to spearhead regional collaboration to conserve endangered species, follow responsible practices and promote marine management in an integrated manner. Now the government and private entities have taken the issue seriously and are taking precautionary measures to protect the marine ecosystem. The goal is to protect our marine habitats by 2020, address the major threats, and plan for a healthy marine ecosystem.  

 

Photo courtesy: http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2014/07/severe-water-pollution-in-china/dead-fish-are-seen-at-a-pond-on-the-outskirts-of-wuhan/

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6 Comments

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Sainath

    Thank you for the introduction about the marine eco system of UAE rich in diversity. Abu Dhabi is one of those cities that I want to visit the most, and those abundant marine lives add one more reason to the visit.
    However, I can see that some of the species in the water are suffering from pollution. Those photos of suffering animals are just awful. As you mentioned, the potential of marine environment is just unimaginable. As there is no more time for hesitation, human society should start actively preserve the marine environment.

    Thank you for the great report.

    Keep up with it.
    Posted 19-11-2019 00:46

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Sainath

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Marine Life

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 16-11-2019 23:38

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello sainath
    I hope you are doing well

    The way towards sustainability of marine life is of greatest importance.
    Thank you so much for this report.
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 16-11-2019 12:03

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Sainath!
    This is your mentor Lisa.

    As you have expected, I did not know that the UAE had such a magnificent marine ecosystem! Protecting marine life and habitat is indeed a task that all states share in the world! I think to let the world know of this unknown marine ecosystem throughout the world, especially those in the regions that people expect to see no water at is really important in raising awareness and seriousness of the problem.

    In such an aspect, I think your report did a huge contribution!

    Great work and keep it up dear :)
    Posted 15-11-2019 17:02

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Hello sainath,
    Greeting from Nepak,
    Thank you for such an insightful report,
    This picture made my heart so heavy,
    We should take an action to conserve the marine life as they are on the threat of extension due to anthropogenics ctivities,
    Keep writing such a great report,

    GREEN CHEERS!!!!!

    Yours,
    Sandhya
    Posted 14-11-2019 23:56

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Sainath!!
    I hope you are fine and doing great.

    Thank you for sharing such an amazing report.
    Its time to act for the betterment of marine life to sustain the ecosystem.

    Keep writing and shining.
    Hope to know more from you.

    Warm regards,
    Meena

    GREEN CHEERS
    Posted 14-11-2019 20:04

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