Scientists celebrate as marine life returns to The Palm despite years of disruptive construction work…
A new study set up to discover what damage has been done to the sea around The Palm by construction has found that the area is recovering.
The United Nations University’s International Network on Water, Environment and Health, commissioned by the Palm developer Nakheel, has concluded that marine life is slowly returning to the coastline. “They are developing into very interesting rocky reefs,” said the chief scientist behind the research, Dr Peter Sale, who is a marine ecologist.
The research, which started in 2007, is part of a long-term plan to monitor the area after Nakheel’s decision to develop the coastline drew widespread criticism from conservationists concerned about coral reefs in the area and the development’s impact on water flows.
But despite initial progress, UN scientists have admitted that much of the marine life in the area might have been lost forever.
“There are certainly going to be differences,” said Dr Ken Drouillard, associate professor at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor, Canada, who participated in the study. “Much more complex habitat characteristics were present in the past.”