A volunteer initiative aimed at preserving and protecting the marine environment, NAUI Green Diver Initiative member Dubai Voluntary Diving Team and UAE Fishing Team joined forces to search for and recover a large fishing net discovered by a local fisherman during a recent trolling trip.
The dive site was located along a portion of the UAE – Abu Dhabi Sea (Arabian Gulf), seven miles off shore and at a depth of ten meters. The fishing net was covering corals, shells and other marine creatures in a large area. Almost 60% of the net was completely recovered with the remaining pieces planned for removal later this month. Surface Marker Buoys and light lift bags were used to safely remove the nets, taking great care to avoid damaging the fragile corals.
The volunteer team included:
Lost and/or abandoned nets, also know as "ghost nets" are a serious threat to our marine environment. When left unattended, nets continue to entangle and kill fish and other marine life for years.
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On Saturday, February 13, 2016 a group of NAUI Green Divers from the Dubai Voluntary Diving Team, Magellan Team, and other diver agencies, met at the Port of Dibba Al Fujairah, UAE. The clean-up event was organized by the Fujairah Municipality, in cooperation with the Association of Fisherman.
The volunteers recovered over twenty tons of debris, consisting of tires, plastic bags, ropes and fishing traps.
NAUI divers that participated in the event:
The Port of Dibba is located along the coastal region of the Arabian peninsula on the Gulf of Oman. The region is popular among outdoor enthusiasts for its diverse activities, including camping and water sports. The beaches of Dibba have a reputation as some of the best of the UAE.
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