Codes of conduct within the Sanctuary
  The Sanctuary has been established for the conservation of the natural resources of Saudi Arabia and for the benefit of all citizens, their children and grandchildren. Please follow these guidelines in order to protect the environment for future generations.  
1

Driving over the desert kills the plants and compacts the soil so that new vegetation cannot grow. The plants are very important to the desert as they hold the sand grains in place and prevent their loss due to the wind. Desert plants form an important natural grazing resource for camels. Please avoid making new tracks across the sand and stay on the paths that have already been made.

2

Hunting within the limits of the Sanctuary area is prohibited at all times of the year. The desert hare has been hunted almost to extinction within this area. The last gazelle was shot in the 1960's. If you wish your children to see these animals alive in the Kingdom again, then an area must be set aside where they can live and breed without being hunted.

3

DIVERS
Avoid touching the corals. A good diver maintains neutral bouyancy and does not harm the wildlife he/she comes to visit. Although they appear tough and strong the individual animals are very soft and fragile. Corals may not be removed from the sea.

4

Spearfishing is antisocial and illegal in this country. Spearfishing with the use of diving equipment is no more sporting than shooting fish in a barrel. The only result is that the fish become wary of people so that the divers who go to watch fish have fewer to see.

5

Please take care where you drop your anchors. Coral reefs may take hundreds of years to develop and damage can be done in a moment. Extensive areas of coral rubble now exist around the island of Juraid due to the careless dragging of anchors.

6

The removal of turtle eggs, hatchlings or adults is illegal. These species are protected by the laws of this country. Do not disturb them when they come to the beach to lay eggs as they are very sensitive at this time. Contact the Wildlife Sanctuary if you would like an escorted tour to watch the turtle nesting and to learn about the NCWCD's turtle management and protection programme.

7

Please do not walk across the islands when there are birds nesting. All activity close to nests should be avoided during the hours of 09:00 to 17:00. The birds and the eggs suffer from heat stress, and if the adult is disturbed and away from the nest for too long the eggs simply cook in the hot summer sunshine!

 

Do not discard your rubbish carelessly. In particular plastic bags and six-pack soft drink holders are notoriously dangerous to marine life. Plastic is eaten by mammals and turtles who mistake it for food, birds and fish get caught in the six-pack rings and these cut into the body as the animal tries to grow.

   
LITTER
DECAY TIMES
 
(Approximate time in years)  

Orange peel, cigarette packets, paper........................

.......................................1
8

Wool socks, steel cans, oil.............................................

.....................................10

Plastic bags, rubber sandals, Nylon...............................

.....................................50

Six-pack holders, leather, wood, netting...................

...................................100

Aluminium cans, thick plastic bottles...........................

...................................500

Glass, pottery...................................................................

.................................1000

Styrofoam..........................................................................

...........................indefinite

(Data kindly provided by Plymouth Aquarium, U.K.)

   

Please take your litter home with you. Your sons and daughters do not wish to visit it in the future.

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