Aug 16 2010
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Bahrain: Artificial reef project to be launched in October
The first stage will take up to six months to complete and will be followed by two other phases.
Director General of the Fish Resources Directorate Jassim Al Qasir revealed yesterday that the artificial reefs will be made of concrete and will have various geometric shapes. They are intended to replace dying natural reefs and it is hoped that they will be able to provide a new habitat for declining fish species and different forms of marine life.
He added that this initiative comes as part of efforts by the authorities to reverse the negative effects of climate change and over fishing that have left fish stocks depleted.
Once put in place on the seabed, small fish will be released close to the reef in order for it to eventually become a habitat than can support a growing ecosystem.
The official added that the location of the artificial reefs will not be made public in order to protect the fish and ensure that the ecosystem is given a chance to flourish.
Apart from the artificial reefs project, the directorate is also working on releasing small Subeti and Hammour fish in the sea in areas where there is low-fishing activity in order to promote a propagation of these species and to combat declining fish stocks.
Al Qasir urged fishermen not to catch small fish and stressed that fishermen must work to cooperate with the directorate and refrain from fishing around the artificial reefs.
Approximately 15,000 reefs are expected to be deposited in Bahrain's seas in efforts to help replenish the seas and prop up the fishing industry.
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