The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and Delma Industrial Supply & Marine Services (Delma Marine) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build and install artificial habitats to ensure the sustainability of the marine environment and develop living aquatic resources in the UAE.

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Ayoub Al Khajah, Director General of Delma Marine, signed the agreement at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show that runs until 20 October at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre.

As per the MoU, Delma Marine will install 1,000 artificial caves made of eco-friendly material across select marine sites, starting from March 2019. The company will also regularly update the Ministry on the status of fish stocks at the installation sites.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi said, “I thank Delma Marine for its contribution to our Artificial Caves Programme that seeks to support the country’s fishing industry and enhance the sustainability of fish stock in UAE waters. The company is a prime example of a private sector organisation that is committed to social responsibility.”

He added, “I am confident that similar constructive partnerships between the government and the private sector will fast-track the country’s transition to the green economy and help preserve our natural resources for the benefit of future generations.”

Ayoub Al Khajah said, “Delma Marine is dedicated to advancing sustainable development through adopting the latest technologies and solutions that increase the effectiveness of environmental protection. As part of this priority, we are keen to assist federal and local authorities in promoting a culture of sustainability in the UAE. We are proud to participate in the Ministry’s drive to install eco-friendly caves at carefully selected sites that plays a vital role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the local fishing industry.”