Japan, Bahrain seek to revive Gulf pearl industry

Research starts this month and will be funded by the Manama-based government

Japanese scientists are teaming up with the Bahrain government to try and revitalise the Gulf’s pearl industry, with initial tests due to start this month, it has been confirmed.

Bahraini scientists and their counterparts from Japan’s Fisheries Research Agency (FRA) will launch a research project this week to study 30,000 “akoya” pearl oysters located from 10 to 25 metres beneath the surface, the Japan Daily Press reported.

The Bahrain government will be funding the research and the research aims to discover why there has been a decrease in natural pearls in the area.

As part of the project the team will look at ways to protect the natural pearl oysters from being eaten by marine predators.

During the 1930s the economy of the Gulf was heavily based on the pearl trade and the team aim to try and revitalise this sector.

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Posted by: Mohamed AL Slaise

As a pearl diver in bahrain i do not see any decrease in oysters but just a decrease in divers ...

Our sea's are full of oysters but no divers to find the pearls like the old days ...

Posted by: RAH

"The Bahrain government will be funding the research and the research aims to discover why there has been a decrease in natural pearls in the area."

Dear govt: pollution, sewage draining into Tubli bay, constantly dredging up your coats (Hidd indusrtial area), Amwaj, Durrat Al Bahrain, Busaiteen's coastal deformation to the north, Diyar Al-Muharraq..

Need I say more as to why your fish stocks are close to nil and why you cant find any more pearls in the area? No scientist needed here!

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