Client: Abu Dhabi Environment Agency
Food security in the United Arab Emirates is of key concern. One means by which security can be improved is through the prudent development of environmentally sensitive aquaculture operations in the region. Although it is widely recognised that the Arabian Gulf is in the main too shallow to support aquaculture operations, the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency identified a suite of sites in the Gulf that may be sufficiently deep. These are in the vicinity of Dalma Island.
BMT was commissioned to develop and deploy advanced hydrodynamic and water quality numerical tools to support an investigation of the environmental sustainability of proposed aquaculture operations at these sites.
Outcomes and Benefits
Undertaking this study delivers a state of the art numerical analysis to the Abu Dhabi government to support its pursuit of improving food security.
Services and Expertise Provided:
BMT developed a 3D hydrodynamic and water quality model of the region around the Abrolhos Islands in Western Australia. In collaboration with BMT and the University of Western Australia, model results were used to assess the impact of proposed finfish aquaculture on the surrounding environment.
BMT is presently working with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi to establish a finfish aquaculture zone adjacent to Dalma Island in western Abu Dhabi
Assessment of the wetland meeting the Ramsar nomination requirements
Following on from our role in assisting Stockland to carry out environmental assessments and obtain federal approval for the project, BMT has been responsible for the planning and design of the stormwater quality and flood risk management strategy for the Aura site as well as on-going surface and groundwater monitoring.