KUWAIT CITY, Sept 4: Deputy Director General of Fish Resources at Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) Marzouq Al-Azmi disclosed that Kuwait, for the first time since the Iraqi invasion, has decided to ban shrimp fishing in its territorial waters, reports Al-Anba daily.
He affirmed that this decision is final and will not be cancelled, adding that it is not based on a decision from the Cabinet or a court verdict. Al-Azmi explained that the decision was taken due to the major harms caused by the method called “Kufa” used for fishing shrimps. It involves the use of a rope with a basket in its end which is then dropped into the water to reach the seabed.
When it is tied to speed boats, it negatively affects the seabed and the marine environment for small fishes and other marine creatures. He revealed that one basket of shrimps fished in this manner results in the death of 15 baskets full of small fishes which are supposed to thrive until they reach the suitable age and size to be fished.
Al-Azmi stressed that the sector, with the cooperation of the Coast Guard, is keen about monitoring the seas in order to arrest any boats that come from outside Kuwait to fish in the Kuwaiti territorial waters, revealing that the GCC countries are coordinating in this regard. He added that the decision to ban shrimp fishing will not negatively affect the prices of shrimps, which currently are almost the same as the prices of last year.
Board Chairman of Adan and Qosour Cooperative Society Abdullah Al-Mutairan has affirmed immediate investigation into what has been circulated through social networking sites regarding the rotten tomatoes found in one of the coop’s branches, stressing that strict measures will be taken against anyone proven to have been negligent by leaving such items on the shelves, reports Al-Qabas daily.
Al-Mataran told the daily that the cooperative has not received any complaint from the shareholders regarding rotten vegetables and fruits so far, pointing out the board of directors reacted to the video clip which went viral.
He warned any employee, market manager, worker or supplier will be punished once proven the alleged incident is true. He revealed the cooperative has 19 branches and three central markets, and it deals with 13 suppliers of vegetables and fruits. He said it is possible that some fruits or vegetable have become rotten and this occurs almost daily in most cooperative societies.