Island near Abu Dhabi seeking to help endangered animals
Jun 2, 2011
The island of Bu Tinah was deemed a natural reserve in 2001 to help protect the marine wildlife, and awareness among fishermen is so great that locals almost never come into the restricted area, according to a recent report from Gulf News.
"Local fishermen [in Al Mirfa and surrounding areas in Western Region] never enter the restricted area even by mistake because they know its importance," Ameen Al Belousi, a technician who works with the rangers of the island, told the news source.
If need be, Bu Tinah rangers can ask for help from the UAE Coast Guard, enlisting them to help prevent fishermen who cross the boundaries.
Bu Tinah was deemed a UNESCO core area in 2007 and officials at the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) are trying to promote the island as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
According to the official website, the New Seven Wonders of the World are Chichen Itza, Mexico; Christ Redeemer, Brazil; Colosseum, Italy; Taj Mahal, India; the Great Wall of China; Petra, Jordan and Machu Picchu, Peru.
The seven wonders of the ancient world include the Giza Pyramid, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Colossus at Rhodes, according to Travelchannel.com.