Sharjah EPAA, EMEG to set up coral nursery at Sir Bu Nair Island

In order to reduce the phenomena of coral bleaching that is mainly caused by changes in environmental conditions, including rising temperature of sea water, Sharjah’s Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) has collaborated with Emirates Marine Environment Group (EMEG) to set up a coral nursery at the Sir Bu Nair Island.

As part of the project, EPAA will install a number of semi-fixed cages that are attached with a series of cords. Parts of coral reef will then be inserted at a distance of 5 to 10cm by temporarily twisting the rope.

Speaking about the project, the EPAA’s chairman, HE Hana Seif Al Suwaidi, said that the authority has been adopting several measures to preserve coral reefs by implementing efforts to reduce coral bleaching, which had affected marine life in 2016 and 2017.

Al Suwaidi added that with the creation of the coral nursery, rare or endangered coral species will be given priority. This will help build the coral reefs colony at Sir Bu Nair Island, which is located 65km off the UAE coastline on the Arabian Gulf.

He added that the maintenance of the cages will be carried out by specialists and trainers to ensure scientific monitoring.

According to information published on the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority’s (Shurooq) website, Sir Bu Nair Island is one of its largest initiatives, which aims to turn the island into a unique destination.

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