Abu Dhabi’s efforts
As many of our key fish species have been found to be heavily over exploited, EAD has implemented a wide variety of regulations and campaigns to help conserve fisheries resources and rebuild stocks. In 2010, we launched the Choose Wisely initiate to raise awareness of the status of UAE fish stocks among consumers and to promote sustainable fisheries.
In 2016, EAD in partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) conducted the Fisheries Resources Assessment Survey (FRAS) as part of the UAE National Fisheries Programme, to assess the state of Abu Dhabi’s fish stocks. The survey revealed that the Orange-spotted Grouper, among other species, are overexploited by up to five times the sustainable limit. In response, a Ministerial Resolution was issued in 2019, which bans the use of gargoor, a traditional fishing method in the UAE.