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EAD launches Sustainable Aquaculture Policy for Abu Dhabi

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 27, 2019
The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, EAD, has announced a Sustainable Aquaculture Policy for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi geared towards promoting the growth of a competitive local aquaculture industry that will assist in reducing pressure on the severely exploited local fisheries.
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Middle East   The policy will also contribute to food security and economic growth
The policy will also contribute to food security and economic growth for the UAE by producing safe and high-quality seafood products through the use of sustainable technologies that preserve and protect marine biodiversity and ecosystems.

The policy is consistent with local directives and strategies including the UAE National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, Abu Dhabi Plan and Plan Maritime 2030, as well as global strategies including the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity and Sustainable Development Goals.

Developed in collaboration with federal and emirate-level partners, the policy aims to identify a series of common guiding principles in the development of a local aquaculture sector, which address all pertinent environmental, societal, economic and decision-making aspects.

The programme proposes six initiatives: updating and streamlining the current permitting process, developing a strategy to identify farming systems and appropriate sites, promoting economic investment in the sector, developing legislation, policies and guidelines, promoting innovation and scientific research in aquaculture, as well as developing communication and marketing plans to attract investments to this sector.

The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of these initiatives, in coordination with other entities.