Japan, Bahrain seek to revive Gulf pearl industry

Research starts this month and will be funded by the Manama-based government
By Shane McGinley
Fri 03 May 2013 10:50 AM

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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