Construction of Khalifa Bin Zayed Marine Research Center in Umm Al Qaiwain starts

WAM UMM AL QAIWAIN: Construction works of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Marine Research Center in Umm Al Qaiwain was inaugurated today by Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water.

The AED 75 million project was launched in February 2013 by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum upon a grant from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to contribute to the protection of the UAE’s marine environment and fish stocks.

The Center is part of the Ministry’s strategy to develop natural resources and contribute to food security through protecting endangered species, supporting their habitat and populations affected by overfishing.

The project features a hatchery facility with a capacity to produce 10 million fingerlings of local and non-indigenous commercial species per year. Laboratories, educational, multi-purpose, administration and accommodation facilities.

It will work on feeding natural reserves along the coastline of the UAE with fingerlings and will support local fisheries, the Minister said in remarks at the ceremony.

The center will develop new technologies of hatching the species originated from local marine environment for sustainable development in Aquaculture and ranching resource to local ecosystem.

It will also enhance research in areas such as aquaculture, oceanography, marine pollution and fisheries.