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Posted On: 13 August 2020 10:00 pm
Updated On: 14 August 2020 08:37 am

Ban on fishing Kingfish from 15 August to protect the State's stock

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), represented by the Fisheries Department, announced the start of the ban on fishing kingfish by using nets in Qatari waters, from Saturday, 15 August to 15 October, in order to preserve the fish stocks and in implementation of Ministerial Resolution No. (55) for the year 2015.

During this period, it is forbidden to transport and circulate kingfish fishing nets in fishing vessels, provided that ships licensed by the Fisheries Department are allowed to fish only by using the line and no other tools.

The prohibition does not apply to those licensed for the purpose of scientific research after obtaining a fixed-term license from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

Banning fishing during this season is considered one of the most successful ways to preserve fish stocks and ensuring the continuity of marine life, and it is also one of the proper ways for rational fisheries management, as preventing or reducing fishing is a positive step towards preserving and developing the stock.

Kingfish fishery in the State of Qatar is considered one of the important fishery activities, as it represents 13% of the total fish catch and about 180 vessels in the country operate in Kingfish fishing, which is 35% of the number of licensed vessels.

It was agreed between GCC countries to start implementing a program to ban fishing for kingfish by nets during the period from 15 August to 15 October of each year in all GCC countries, starting from 2015.

The State of Qatar issued a ministerial decision on banning the fishing of Kingfish during this period, in implementation of what was agreed upon and to preserve the stocks of these migratory fish.

Source: QNA
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