An innovative marine research vessel to monitor marine life and aid in the fight against climate change in the Gulf was formally launched by Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The emirate’s environmental department chairman, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, unveiled the 50-meter yacht called “Jaywun.”
Around 30 people can crew the ship with six laboratories and a remotely controlled submarine in addition to cutting-edge technology.
With the help of Jaywun, which is Arabic for “pearl,” EAD will be able to conduct studies on the ecology and fisheries in waters deeper than ten meters in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. Jaywun is named after a priceless pearl.
According to the Emirates News Agency, Jaywun will advance domestic and international maritime research, monitor environmental conditions, and evaluate how climate change affects biodiversity.
“The research will be led by a specialized 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,” said Sheikh Hamdan.
According to him, the study would also offer a solid scientific basis for managing the maritime environment. In addition, the boat will make it possible for EAD to keep an eye on and protect fish stocks and marine biodiversity.
Jaywun will also support several environmental projects, such as the Blue Carbon Assessment Project for Oceanic Fisheries, the area’s first study. As a result, it will help the UAE achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050.
Along with researching the genome sequences of more than ten important fish species, the strategy calls for creating a DNA baseline for the primary fish species in the United Arab Emirates.
This year, Jaywun will conduct sonar surveys and gather marine species to evaluate the stocks in the nation’s waterways.
The ship set off on a one-month inaugural journey at the end of November, traveling nearly 10,000 kilometers through the waters of 25 nations and eight regional seas while traveling through Europe, Africa, and Asia.
“The vessel will play an important role in developing strategies and management plans to ensure the recovery and sustainability of fish stocks,” Dr. Shaikha Salem Al-Dhaheri, EAD’s Secretary-General, remarked.
“We are proud to have SAFEEN Group manage, operate and maintain the research vessel, which reflects our technological advancement, our growing capabilities, and our active role in supporting scientific research,” said Captain Mohammed Juma Al-Shamsi, Managing Director and Group CEO of AD Ports Group.