Jordan marine life to be explored

Aqaba Marine
An undated photo of marine life in Aqaba. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) signed a memorandum of understanding with a California-based firm Monday to explore Jordan’s marine life in the Red Sea, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

The agreement with OceanX, an ocean exploration initiative, will provide advanced experience and techniques to explore the marine ecosystem in the Gulf of Aqaba, ASEZA’s Chief Commissioner Nayef Bakheet, according to Petra.

He said the accord will help put the Aqaba Marine Reserve on the global network of marine reserves.

“This collaboration is in accordance with the vision of His Majesty King Abdullah II, after the Aqaba Marine Reserve was declared and the Aqaba Marine Science Station was established,” he said. He added that it is hoped that Aqaba would be a ‘’port of call for international marine research”.

OceanX’s Vice Chairman Vincent Pieribone said he appreciated the collaboration with Jordan’s competent authorities to explore the deep-sea and gain an extended understanding of the biodiversity of the Gulf of Aqaba.

“The 2-week scientific mission in Aqaba includes exploratory trips to conduct studies in Jordanian waters, with the participation of Jordanian and international scientists, researchers and students, aboard the most advanced science and media vessel ever built,” Pieribone said.

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