Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi launched the first marine research vessel «Jaywun» – The Deck

Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi launched the first marine research vessel «Jaywun»

Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD), launched the marine research vessel “Jaywun”, developed by EAD, which is considered the UAE’s first and the most advanced in the Middle East.

The vessel will contribute to strengthening national and global marine science capabilities and enable the Agency to implement its ‘Ocean World Discovery’ project. It will address the effects of climate change by monitoring and comprehensively assessing the marine environment, while achieving the vessel’s commitment to monitoring marine biodiversity and providing a reliable scientific platform that meets the needs of marine research in the country.

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The ceremony was attended by H.E. Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Agency; H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; H.E. Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili. Chairman of the Department of Community Development; H.E. Falah Mohamed Al Ahbabi, Chairman, Department of Municipalities and Transport; H.E. Staff Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Abu Dhabi Police Commander-in-Chief; H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director of EAD, and H.E. Ahmad Saqr Al Suwaidi, CEO ADNOC Offshore. The ceremony was also attended by Ahmed Matar Al Dhaheri, Director of the Office of His Highness the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region, and H.E. Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of EAD.

His Highness said that “EAD, since its inception, has focused on scientific research and exploratory studies of the environment and wildlife to enhance knowledge of the emirate’s biodiversity as well as the environmental and ecological pressures it faces. The research will be led by a specialised team of passionate environmental experts who will apply their considerable collective knowledge and work to develop a deeper understanding of the marine environment and formulate a response to any threats. The research will also provide a solid scientific foundation to ensure effective and sustainable management of the marine environment as part of the UAE’s commitment to developing solutions to the region’s most prominent challenges”.

The 50-metre vessel will operate in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, allowing EAD to complete its studies of the marine environment and fisheries in waters deeper than 10 metres.

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The vessel will berth approximately 30 people, and is equipped with the latest research equipment, including 6 laboratories for studying samples on the ship, and a remotely operated submarine vehicle. The research vessel will enable EAD to monitor and preserve fish stocks and marine biodiversity and help ignite a passion for oceanography and fisheries studies among young Emirati researchers in the world’s hottest sea: the Arabian Gulf.

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The name of the vessel ‘Jaywun’ is a local term that symbolises one of the finest and most valuable pearl types due to its purity and complete roundness.

The vessel will also support several environmental initiatives, such as the Blue Carbon Assessment Project for Oceanic Fisheries – the first oceanic, blue carbon fisheries assessment survey in the region. The survey project was created to support the UAE’s strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and will be conducted in the country’s waters.

The work plan also includes establishing a DNA baseline for the UAE’s main fish species, while studying the complete genome sequences of more than 10 major fish species. The survey combines the collection of marine organisms with the use of underwater sound wave techniques. The project will include a comprehensive Fisheries Resources Assessment Survey to assess the fisheries of the country’s waters during 2023, providing the latest data on fish stocks, conditions, and other metrics.