In the UAE, 60% of the total catch is made up of species that are fished beyond sustainable levels.

With the increase in the UAE's population, the demand for fish has never been as high as it is now. Scientific assessments show that 8 of our most valuable commercial fish are being overexploited. This list includes iconic and hugely popular species such as Hamour, Shaari, Farsh, Kanaad and others shown in the red section of the UAE fish consumer guide.

The main factors that have led to the depletion of fish stocks in the UAE are:

  • High demand leading to higher fishing effort.
  • Catching fish before they are allowed to reproduce.
  • Loss of habitat due to coastal development.


Status of fish resources in 2009

Status of fish resources in 2009
(based on data from the 2009 Annual Fisheries Statistical Report for Abu Dhabi, EAD)

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