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KUWAIT CITY, July 31: The head of the Kuwaiti Federation of Fishermen, Zaher Al-Suwayan, announced that the shrimp fishing season begins August 1, in Kuwaiti waters, and begins September 1, in regional waters, stressing that the local shrimp, popular for consumers, will return after a seven-month hiatus, expressing the fishermen’s aspirations that the shrimp fishing season will be abundant despite the indicators prove the opposite, as happened in the previous season due to the non-compliance of some neighboring countries with the ban periods, as evidenced by the entry of imported shrimp throughout the periods of the ban on fishing, reports Al- Rai daily.
Al-Suwayan called on the concerned authorities from the fishing sector to work on activating international agreements and asking neighboring countries to tighten control at the time of the ban and to prevent the import of fresh and chilled shrimp and limit its entry to farmed and frozen shrimp, noting that what is actually happening is real abuses and non-compliance with agreements regarding the protection of fish wealth, especially in the common stock. Among the countries of the region, this has a negative impact on the fish wealth in the State of Kuwait.
He pointed out the importance of coordination with neighboring countries regarding fishing ban periods, pointing out that the lack of commitment by some neighboring countries extends its impact to the Kuwait Sea, where the shrimp catch in Kuwait has become less compared to previous seasons, which threatens its extinction with time, noting that Kuwaiti fishermen are the most committed to the laws at the level of countries in the region. Al-Suwayan stressed the importance of fairness and development of the fishing sector, reconsidering the support provided to it and giving it the increase it deserves, especially that the fish subsidy is the least compared to other food security sectors