Fish Stocks in 40 Nations Improved Thanks to UAE’s Dugong Diplomacy
Abu Dhabi: “Dugong diplomacy”, an international effort strongly supported by the UAE to conserve the iconic marine animal, is expected to improve fish stocks in 40 nations across the globe.
Dugongs, found in around 40 countries from East Africa to Vanuatu in the Pacific, support the well-being of around 600 species of marine life and provide nursery grounds for fisheries that millions of people depend on for their livelihood, experts said at an event in the capital on Monday.
As dugongs move across international boundaries, an international effort started by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats (Dugong MoU), which was signed by 26 nations. Abu Dhabi has been hosting the secretariat of CMS Dugong MoU since 2009.
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