Wed 08-03-2017 15:24 PM

Sharjah EPAA builds 72 artificial marine substrates in Kalba and Dibba Al-Hisn

SHARJAH, 8th March, 2017 (WAM) -- The Environment and Protected Areas Authority of Sharjah, EPAA, has completed a number of marine substrates in the Eastern region, including 56 in Kalba and 16 in Dibba Al Hosn.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the EPAA, said, "56 marine substrates have been built in Kalba out of 580 substrates owned by 113 fishermen. In Dibba Al Hosn, 16 marine substrates have been built out of 40 substrates owned by 18 fishermen. These artificial marine substrates are areas in the sea where parts of car tyres, shipping scrap, building materials, trunks of palm trees, and other jettisoned materials. In the long term, these materials attract aquatic micro-organisms that settle on their surfaces, forming a distinct and appropriate ecosystem which attracts several sea bed species which feed and reproduce in these places."

Marine substrates play an important role in obtaining a variety of fish throughout the year, regardless of their season. They are fish nature reserves, like banks that distribute and disseminate fish in other locations. They also help the marine environment to reproduce certain endangered species of fish. Since these marine substrates help to increase the fish stock in the areas where they are built, EPAA is keen to make these substrates sustainable.