Emirates news agency – EAD releases documentary highlighting Abu Dhabi’s fishing success at Expo 2020
ABU DHABI, November 22, 2021 (WAM) – The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD) organized a special screening of a documentary at Expo 2020. Entitled “Our Sea Our Future”, the production feature film showcased the success of improving fish stocks in Abu Dhabi.
The documentary was presented as part of the EAD Inspiration series at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion on the occasion of World Fisheries Day, celebrated on November 21.
The event was part of Expo 2020’s one-of-a-kind community art project, Hammour House’s talk series with âThe Sailor and the Scientist,â which saw various segments of the community come together to discuss how to maintain and balance food security, heritage and tradition, and a holistic future for sustainability.
At the event, which was attended by stakeholders and partners, the audience also got to hear live the opinions and stories of real fishermen who were part of the program to improve Abu Dhabi’s fisheries.
The session was moderated by Reem Al Baharna, EAD Fisheries Management Section Chief, and featured fishermen Hashim Saeed Al Romaithi; Juma Mohammed Al Romaithi; Eid Juma Al Romaithi; Mohammed ben Saber Al Mazrui; and Hamad bin Ghareeb Al Mazrui.
The EAD has been monitoring the status of Abu Dhabi’s fish stocks since 2001 and in recent years has seen a major improvement in the number of the most commercially fished species in the emirate’s waters.
The increase in the number of fish stocks is the result of several proactive measures taken by the EAD, such as the creation of several marine reserves, the development of a system of commercial and recreational fishing licenses, as well as the introduction controls on certain types of certain types of fishing. equipment.
These measures have been reinforced by seasonal fishing bans and during breeding seasons, as well as stipulated minimum sizes for catches of several key commercial species. In addition, the EAD prohibited the fishing techniques of gargouins as well as the use of encircling nets.
These initiatives were part of the Sustainable Fisheries Program which was launched in partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE). The program was designed to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and was launched in 2016.
Ahmed Al Hashmi, Acting Executive Director of Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity at EAD, said: âWe are delighted to share our story at Expo 2020 on how we were able to help improve fish stocks in the waters of Abu Dhabi. This success was possible after rigorous work on a series of projects, and developing impactful policies with a positive approach – all of which were highlighted in our documentary. We have always made sure to never lose sight of our end goal – the rebuilding of our fish stocks, and are grateful for the support of several fishermen who were extremely insightful and helped us achieve our goal. ”