DUBAI, 28th April, 2019 (WAM) — The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, today announced it is breaking ground on a project to build tidal pools that mimic natural pools along the UAE coastline.
The construction aims to support marine ecosystems through establishing habitat areas for key species.
Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, made the announcement during a visit to the Environment Protection and Development Authority of Ras Al Khaimah, RAK EPDA.
Dr. Saif Mohammed Al Ghais, Director of RAK EPDA, Sultan bin Alwan Al Habsi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Regions Sector at MOCCAE, and Salah Al Rayssi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for the Biodiversity Sector at MOCCAE, were also present.
Tidal pools are shallow pockets of seawater that form on the rocky intertidal shore. The tidal pools provide homes to marine creatures, such as crabs, molluscs, sea urchins, plankton, and other marine invertebrates.
The pilot phase will comprise establishing 10 to 15 pools at Al Jazirah Al Hamra, a historic town to the south of the city of Ras Al Khaimah. RAK EPDA will oversee the project, in coordination with MOCCAE, while research scientists and ecologists observe the pools’ residents and study their adaptability to their new habitats. Based on the outcomes of this phase, the initiative will expand to include all emirates.
Regarding the programme, Dr. Al Zeyoudi said, “To sustain the UAE’s marine biodiversity, affected by urbanisation and other human activities, MOCCAE regularly rolls out initiatives that provide marine habitats to make up for the loss of natural ones.”
Dr Al Ghais added, “RAK EPDA welcomes the initiative, as it will help sustain marine biodiversity in the country, as well as create educational sites for students and researchers to study the various species of the Arabian Gulf.”