While our marine water quality is generally excellent, it is important to maintain it at that level for public health, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and recreation.
Main areas of concern are:
- Nutrient over-enrichment, which can lead to excessive algal growth which in severe cases can disrupt water desalination operations, cause fish kills, and adversely recreational use of marine water.
- Sediment concentrations of various pollutants near industrial and shipping operations
- Accidental discharges of untreated sewage
- Brine discharges from desalination plants
- Discharge of treated sewage effluent
Our role in safeguarding our marine water entails:
- Long term monitoring of marine water quality
- Targeted studies at high risk or impacted sites
- Developing/updating regulations and policies to protect marine water quality
- Working with the federal government to ensure proper management of marine water quality
- Deploying and maintaining a network of buoy-mounted automated marine water quality monitoring platforms to provide early warning of potential algal bloom incidents
- Inspecting proposed marine projects and developments to ensure minimal impact on water quality
- Strictly enforcing the environmental permitting process to prevent discharge of pollutants into the sea
How we will measure our success:
- Coastal marine environment protected from over-enrichment with nutrients
- Reduced risk to public health from bacterial or viral contamination during water sports and bathing at public beaches
- Reduced incidents of potentially harmful algal blooms
How you can play your part
- If you spot anything strange or unusual on the beach or in the sea, report it to the EAD emergency team: 026834456 / 0506675171
- Keep Abu Dhabi’s beaches clean! Why not arrange a beach clean-up in your community? It’s a fun way to involve everyone and make a difference
- If you’re going on a beach or boat trip, always bring back your waste and dispose of it carefully, so nothing goes into the sea.