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Dalma Island Aquaculture Development Project, Abu Dhabi

BMT is presently working with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi to establish a finfish aquaculture zone adjacent to Dalma Island in western Abu Dhabi

Background

Client: Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, UAE

BMT is presently working with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi to establish a finfish aquaculture zone adjacent to Dalma Island in western Abu Dhabi.  BMT was commissioned to develop a coupled hydrodynamic and environmental model to determine the environmental footprint of the proposed operation and the volume of livestock that can be farmed safely.  This integrated project will investigate the sustainability of the proposed operations in the context of the unique characteristics of Dalma Island, the species of fish to be farmed, the sensitivity, of receiving marine environment and the proposed approach to management once farming begins. 

 

Proposed Outcomes and Benefits

The project is a significant undertaking requiring development of integrated 3D environmental model, deep-water habitat mapping (utilising side-scan-sonar) and development of technical EIA and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) documents.  Modelling will provide pertinent information to the EIA process, including (a) nutrient fluxes into and out of the area of interest (b) the expected footprint of operations (benthic and water quality), (c) the environmental carrying capacity of the site and (d) the length of time required for restoration of the benthic environment during routine fallowing. The project is due for completion in mid to late 2018.  

 

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