Abu Dhabi sets up coral reef mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions

Asian Journal - - Asia -

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi author­i­ties have set up 10 new mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol sta­tions for sur­vey­ing the con­di­tion of its coral reefs, a media re­port said. The head of the Marine Eval­u­a­tion and Con­trol Unit at the En­vi­ron­ment Agency - Abu Dhabi), Ibrahim Bakla said the sta­tions mon­i­tored tem­per­a­ture fluc­tu­a­tions hourly through­out the year and as­sessed data re­lated to coral growth, live coral, dead coral and coral dis­eases. The mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions are at Ras Ghaanda, Al Saadiyat, Al Dabeya, Al Hayl, Delma, Makasseb, Al Yasat, Baraka and Sir Bani Yas. He added that the health of corals had greatly de­te­ri­o­rated in the trop­ics and sub-trop­ics of the world, in­clud­ing the Ara­bian Gulf area, be­cause of rise in tem­per­a­ture and coastal de­vel­op­ment, which is one of the main rea­sons for the in­creased risks to these vi­tal coral reefs. IANS

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