After holding a staff workshop in June, the Environment Health and Safety Department (EHS), the regulatory arm of Trakhees-Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), officially endorsed the UAE Dolphin project and is taking active steps to support the UAE dolphin Project raise awareness within its jurisdiction.
In celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup, on September 12th it organised a public workshop to raise awareness about the local dolphin population entitled: “Public-Private Partnership for dolphin project”. The workshop, presented by Dr. Ada Natoli and Ana Salbany, was held in collaboration with Dolphin Bay, Atlantis and highlighted how private companies can play an important role in gathering information about whales and dolphins in the region. Specifically, shipping companies can provide invaluable information by reporting sightings along their shipping routes from offshore areas that are generally difficult to survey. The workshop also focussed on raising awareness about the importance of reporting stranding as crucial source of information for the researchers.
All the major stakeholders based in the Jebel Ali free zone were invited, among those who participated were ENOC, DP World, Sharaf Shipping Company, CSAV Shipping LLC. EHS’s efforts to promote the project continue, broadcasting the project through their partner organisation. We are extremely grateful to Dr. Ahmed Al Falasi, head of the EHS and his team for their great ongoing support and Heidi Perez Cao, Vice president of Dolphin Bay, Atlantis for the great collaboration.