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Le Merdien Al Aqah backs coral reef garden project

FUJAIRAH, April 15, 2019

Le Merdien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah, UAE, has collaborated with local authorities and the government in launching a coral reef garden project.
 
The project is set to include the cultivation of 1.5 million coral reef colonies over the course of next five years.
 
The launch event, held at Le Merdien Al Aqah Beach Resort, was organised by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, in partnership with Fujairah Municipality, Dibba Fujairah Municipality and Fujairah Adventures. It was attended by Crown Prince of Fujairah HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi and Minister of Climate Change and Environment Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, along with other officials.
 
Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “Protecting and preserving the sustainability of the environment and of our natural resources is integral to the legacy of the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed.”
 
Hassan Salem Al Yammahi, director of Dibba Fujairah Municipality, urged individuals to play their part as successful conservation requires a team effort. 
 
“Effective conservation of the marine environment requires the collective efforts of government authorities, fishermen, beachgoers and the tourism sector as a whole. Therefore, Dibba Fujairah Municipality is keen to develop ecotourism and ensure its sustainability through working together with its partners in the public and private sectors to protect the natural wealth of the area. Initiatives in this regard include the installation of artificial caves to deflect underwater currents and provide a safe environment for marine organisms to breed.”
 
One of the key objectives of the gardens is to protect local fish species and boost their population. By protecting fish eggs against predators in the sea as well as shielding them from water currents will help increase the population of local fish species in the region. - TradeArabia News Service



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