HOLIDAYMAKERS and fishermen are being urged not to dump
rubbish into the sea in an effort to protect Bahrain's marine
life.Nylon nets, plastic bags and food containers are causing
serious problems for fish and other sea life such as dolphins
and sea turtles, said fisheries and marine resources director
Jassim Al Qaseer.
"People should understand that items which may not seem
dangerous to them could kill these creatures," he said.
"Sea turtles could choke on a nylon bag thinking it's a
Mr Al Qaseer added that dolphins are also being threatened
by fishing nets, which can entangle and suffocate them.
"Dumping oil and other toxins from boat maintenance is also
lethal to marine life," he said. However, Mr Al Qaseer said
the fish are coping well with the heat this summer with many
moving to cooler, deeper waters.
"They are okay as long as the weather keeps on cooling down
with the wind every couple of days," he said.
"But if the heat intensifies and stays like that for weeks
the coral reefs will be bleached - causing a major
When the coral gets bleached from the sun it dies off,
which leaves other sea creatures with nowhere to feed.
Meanwhile, Mr Al Qaseer said marine life is flourishing
near artificial Reef Balls that were dropped in the sea in
He said this latest type of artificial reef is basically
made up of different sized concrete balls with holes, which
provide a natural underwater habitat.
They were placed in locations that were known not to
support any life in the hope that plants, plankton and other
weeds would settle on them - giving fish ideal places to live
"We are visiting the sites regularly to monitor the
situation and are planning on adding more reef balls soon
following this success," he said.