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Procedures Taken by the Ministry

Formation of technical team work.

The team made extensive efforts to follow up and study this phenomenon, oversee collection and analysis of samples, coordinate the efforts of the relevant bodies and follow up the works of experts who have been recruited to provide technical advice.

 

Invitation of experts:

The Ministry of Environment & Water recruited group of specialized experts from:

  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • France
  • USA (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  • UAE University
  • UN University (UAE)

The recruited experts conducted field visits to red tide areas for:

  • Collecting samples of sea water from various depths to categorize the species that cause red tide.
  • Analyzing the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of sea water.
  • Evaluate the HABs toxicity.

The ministry also has been in regular contact with the Regional Organization for the protection of Marine Environment(ROPME) to coordinate the common efforts with the member countries through monitoring and exchange of information and satellite images.

Laboratory Analysis

Chemical, physical and biological laboratory analysis was done for samples collected from the areas of red tide by:

  • The Central Laboratories of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
  • UAE University
  • Abu Dhabi Environment Agency
  • General Environment Authority – Kuwait
  • Aero fence Laboratories – France
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution USA

Results of the initial physical analysis

  • oceanographic physical results showed that temperature was suitable ( 220 C and 310C) for the proliferation of phytoplankton which lead to red tide phenomenon.
  • Reduced concentration of dissolved oxygen within depths as a result of decomposition of the dead algae and consumption of dissolved oxygen.
  • Results of chemical analysis: It revealed high concentration of Phosphate(PO4) and nitrate (NO3) which are considered the most stipulated nutrients for the propagation of phytoplankton that cause this phenomenon.

Training Courses:

The main aim of a training program is to train personnel in phytoplankton identification and monitoring, to design and implement a phytoplankton and environmental monitoring program and to conduct an assessment of the program . number of training were conducted including:

  • training course on Phytoplankton taxonomy and identification from 14th -18th March 2010, which had the participation of 31 trainees from various federal and local bodies.
  • training course on Phytoplankton and environmental monitoring from 3-4 May 2010. The number of participating trainees was 36 from various federal regional and local bodies.
  • A workshop on Red tide and desalination: Impacts and solutions from 12-13 July 2010. The number of participating trainees was to 25 from 14 federal, local authorities and private sector.