Attending the Open day at the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG), located beyond Jebel Ali, our host, Major Ali, the lynchpin of this non-governmental organization introduced us to the stalwart work carried out by this non-profit group.
Rehabilitating injured turtles, guiding the recently trapped whale shark out of Dubai marina and the heroic task of relocating corals to a safe haven when the massive Palm islands were in planning, are some of the projects undertaken by this group.
The Jebel Ali sanctuary is the base for the group and we were invited to hear about their work and engage in a beach or mangrove rehabilitation session.
Choosing the beach, complete with plastic gloves and bin bags the group headed off to walk and clean the long beach. As always, discarded plastic abounds, bottles, bags, and caps together with containers, fishing rope, nets, sacks and so on, all of it detrimental to our marine life.
Apart from injuries caused to the ocean’s creatures, eventually plastic enters the food chain and for the future generations, the resulting health hazards are as yet unknown.
Education is the key to our children growing up with respect for waste issues, both in the ocean and on land.
There are some interesting design projects, utilising ocean waste and I hope that more awareness continues to instigate and fund projects designed to tackle the problem.
Several hours later, the beach was clean, a good walk and an overall consciousness of how each individual can make small inroads into this problem.
Excellent work is being done by EMEG in this region and it felt good to be part of it.