‘Kuwaiti fishermen only adhere to fishing ban periods’
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 5: The Kuwaiti Fishermen Union affirmed that fishermen were unable to obtain mead fish in the required quantities due to the ban on fishing in its locations, pointing out that the black market was created by lack of approval of the union’s requests to tighten control and to regulate the fishing sector, reports Al-Rai daily.
Confirming the news published by “Al-Rai” last week under the title “The fishermen deprive the market of mead fish,” Chairman of the Kuwaiti Fishermen Union Zahir Al-Souyan said the fishermen after opening the fishing season for mead fish could not obtain the delicacy in the required quantities, because it is forbidden to catch mead in its locations, and from our experience, it is clear that there is no mead except in Joun Kuwait (Kuwait Bay).
“We do not blame the fishermen, because they lack access to the right locations, and we have already spoken in several meetings and in statements. We’ve forwarded official letters to competent authorities to explain that mead fish is found in shallow waters and along the coasts, indicating it exists in abundance in Joun Kuwait, a region where fishing is prohibited according to the Amiri Decree 46/1980 and Environmental Law 2014/42. He added, “mead fish lives in swarms off the sea and at the end of their cycle, they move out in the cold season, so in the middle of October, we’re unable to benefit from them.
People do not ask where mead fish are and why they are not available in the market.” As for the mead sold outside the market with a basket worth 45 dinars, Al-Souyan confirmed that “this is not the responsibility of the union”, while Al-Rai news did not talk about the responsibility of the union but the fishermen rather.
“Who can guarantee that mead is the catch of professional fishermen and not the catch of any amateur?”, he asked, stressing that “black market is caused by lack of approval of the union’s requests to tighten control and regulation of the fishing sector, especially as the fishermen union since establishment catches for the local market. He said “all the union catches in a day go down to auction according to the controls of the regulatory authorities, and decisions of the Ministry of Commerce and regulatory authorities.”
He added, “We are against black market and against selling outside the market, urging authorities concerned with the fishing sector to cooperate with the Fishermen Union in support of local produce, because ignoring the local produce and not supporting it adequately will contribute to its elimination, even though it’s the true indicator of price stability, in the evident circumstances the whole world is going through due to the corona pandemic.”
He referred to the many problems fishermen face and the limited supply of local fish, attributing it to “non-compliance with the periods of seasonal bans by some neighboring countries for zubaidi and shrimp, while we allow them to enter here as imported fish in the period of the fishing ban.”