Coral reefs, fish nurseries at risk in the region
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —A headlong development rush along the coast of Middle Eastern countries is leading to”severe loss and degradation of important habitats, including mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs, in the Persian Gulf, according to a study released last week.
The report from the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health warns of potential health problems and “the permanent loss of nursery grounds for commercial shellfish and fish species,” in the fragile marine ecosystems shared by eight Gulf countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Coastal development in wealthy Gulf countries has been so extensive and swift that “there has not been enough time to develop adequate regulatory, technical, and monitoring capacity to guide this growth appropriately.” Continue reading “Environment: Persian Gulf under the gun from development”