Tag: Persian Gulf

Satellite images suggest over-fishing in Persian Gulf

Google Earth images used to track fishing practices

Shoreline fish traps may be depleting the Persian Gulf's marine resources at an unsustainable rate. Photo courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.
Shoreline fish traps may be depleting the Persian Gulf’s marine resources at an unsustainable rate. Photo courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Canadian fisheries scientists say they’ve used Google Earth images to show that Persian Gulf states may be catching six times as many fish as they’re officially reporting to United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

“Time and again we’ve seen that global fisheries catch data don’t add up,” said Daniel Pauly, principal investigator with the Sea Around Us Project and the study’s co-author. “Because countries don’t provide reliable information on their fisheries’ catches, we need to expand our thinking and look at other sources of information and new technologies to tell us about what’s happening in our oceans,” Pauly said. Continue reading “Satellite images suggest over-fishing in Persian Gulf”

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Environment: Persian Gulf under the gun from development

Rapid development around the Persian Gulf coastline is leading to environmental degradation. SATELLITE IMAGE COURTESY NASA.

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”