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United Arab Emirates Fishing
Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
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    Fisherman and his wares; Persian Gulf waters provide abundant fish.
    Courtesy Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Washington

    The government has supported traditional fishing in the rich waters off the UAE, an activity that has provided livelihood for centuries along the coast. The government offers a 50 percent subsidy on fishing boats and equipment and has opened marine workshops that offer free repair and maintenance. Cooperatives assist fishermen in marketing their catch. The number of fishermen rose from 4,000 in 1980 to 10,611 in 1990. The total catch in 1989 of 91,160 tons (up from 70,075 tons in 1982) supplied most local demand. Moreover, prawns and fish are raised in fish farms at the National Mariculture Center--operated with Japanese assistance--in Umm Al Qaywayn.

    Data as of January 1993

    NOTE: The information regarding United Arab Emirates on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of United Arab Emirates Fishing information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about United Arab Emirates Fishing should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.

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