The Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi revealed that studies evaluating fish stocks in the emirate showed a remarkable increase in faskar fish, as the amount caught from the beginning of the year to June last year reached 649 kg, compared to 98 kg caught in the parallel period last year. year.
The faster fish is an important commercial fish and is often found in waters sheltered from bays, often near coral reefs, with a depth of two meters to 30 meters, feeding mainly on benthic molluscs and invertebrates, and the total length can reach 50 cm, and it is a maximum of 20 years old. The authority indicated a noticeable improvement in the state of fish stocks in general for some of the most important commercial fish species in the waters of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and attributed this to taking a number of internationally approved measures to manage fish stocks, including the establishment of marine reserves, the introduction and application of a system for licensing commercial and recreational fishing, and regulating the use of fishing gear, in addition to implementing a seasonal ban to protect fish during their breeding season, and setting a minimum size of fish that can be caught for some larger species, out over banning unsustainable fishing methods.
She pointed out that the National Framework for Sustainable Fisheries is a national plan for the recovery and renewal of fish stocks and the best ways and means to ensure the sustainability of fisheries at the national and local level within the current context of climate change, and aims to De The UAE must have sustainable fisheries by 2030 by increasing the Sustainable Exploitation Index from 8.4% in 2017 to 70% in 2030, and replenishing depleted fish stocks and reaching the minimum sustainable level threshold by increasing the average relative size of fish of three main commercial species from 6.6% to 30% in 2030.
The national framework includes the implementation of crucial management measures that will reduce the pressure on fishing in the commercial and recreational sectors, in addition to strengthening fish stocks through the development of effective research and studies for aquaculture and aquaculture and the rehabilitation of fishing habitats through the establishment of artificial reefs.
Since 2001, the Authority has monitored the state of fish stocks according to two main indicators of sustainability: the first is the average relative size of adult fish (SBR), which is an indication of the size of the fish stocks of larger benthic species compared to the biomass of unexploited fish, including sea bass, pilgrims and farsh. The second indicator is sustainable fishing, which describes the percentage of the harvest that consists of species that are exploited in a sustainable way.
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