After it emerged that around 80 dugong fell prey to illegal fishing practices during the course of the past four years, Abu Dhabi has decided to enforce a blanket ban on surface fishing. The measure has been introduced in a bid to preserve the plummeting fish stock.
The illegal practive involves spreading a net on the surface of the water which sometimes cause dugongs to get entangled in them leading to an agonising death. On Wednesday, the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency announced that decision to ban surface fishing in the wake of a resolution that was issued by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment last year.
The ban is aimed at curbing the decline in fish stocks and also to protect species that linger on the endangered list like the dugongs and turtles. The emirate has the second largest number of dugongs after Australia. They are also known as sea cows and are known to be gentle and docile.