To help attract more fish species and protect the marine ecology, the Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality is submerging more than 300 concrete reefs.
The cone-shaped reefs will be placed in Al Faquit, Ras Dibba and Al Aqqah areas, which already have several hundred artificial reefs, Mattar Saleh Al Kaabi, director of Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality, told Gulf News daily. 'These structures will help the coral reefs grow and lure back the species of fish that once thrived there,' he said. 'The area is becoming a major site of fascinating marine reefs, thanks to the awareness and cooperation of local fishermen who have stopped random fishing and anchoring in those areas.' Since the first 220 man-made reefs were submerged in 1998, many rare fish have been spotted, including cuttlefish, emperor angelfish, bannerfish, broomtail wrasse and lionfish.
Al Kaabi added that a clean coast and unpolluted waters would attract more tourist and divers as well as provide a safe breeding ground for rare fish.
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