Qatargas Successfully Completes Latest Phase of Unique Coral Management Programme
Qatargas Operating Company LTD (Qatargas) continued its collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), Qatar University (QU) and the Ministry of Municipality (MME) to complete the latest phase of its unique Coral Management Programme (CMP) which was launched in 2021.
Qatargas Chief Health Safety Environment and Quality Officer Khalifa Ahmed Al Sulaiti said they are very pleased to safely complete the latest phase of the comprehensive, long-term programme to protect and sustain Qatar’s valuable natural reserves. He said they are honoured to partner with MoECC, QU and the MME and to introduce the best environmental and marine protection technologies and practices to Qatar, and enhance environmental awareness and knowledge sharing on a national level in line with the Environmental Development Pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the long-term environmental strategy of Qatargas.
We remain especially proud of the state-of-the-art Coral Nursery established as part of our CMP which has the potential to become a national coral bank, thereby contributing to future marine biodiversity and coral protection projects in the State of Qatar.
This phase of the CMP concluded with the deployment of hybrid artificial reefs, which were locally fabricated, using environmentally friendly materials, taking the total number of artificial reefs deployed by Qatargas so far to 1,100 units.
This was followed by a meticulous relocation of live corals from Qatargas project areas to recipient sites, bringing the total number of relocated corals to 12,000.
First-of-its-kind land-based coral nursery
The first of its kind land-based coral nursery established by Qatargas at the Aquatic Fisheries Research Center (AFRC) in Ras Matbakh, witnessed the arrival of 1,000 live corals from the Qatargas Project site for coral husbandry, which included coral rehabilitation and fragmentation. The coral husbandry at AFRC resulted in the formation of nearly 10,000 fragmented or juvenile corals that were out-planted as per the protocols developed in conjunction with MOECC and QU. These out-planted corals helped in the creation of a new coral reef oasis in the territorial waters of Qatar.
Qatargas also recently participated in the release of over 22,000 juvenile hamour fish by the AFRC into the Qatargas coral recipient sites. The introduction of these juvenile fish was intended to further enrich the augmented sites by creating a productive marine ecosystem for the benefit of local fish and related marine species and supporting the enhancement of natural resources in the State of Qatar.
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