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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28: Maritime control patrol teams in the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) are continuing their activities for implementing laws related to fishing. They recorded a total of 45 violations in January, reports Al-Rai daily. According to the Deputy Director General of the Fishing Sector at PAAAFR Marzouq Al-Azmi, PAAAFR has eight teams that patrol the Kuwaiti territorial waters in pursuit of violators of the fishing law.
A total of 18 citations were issued against fishermen, 13 for violations by picnic boats, and 14 for unknown violations in which the culprits escaped, leaving behind their fishing equipment. He revealed that there is a plan for PAAAFR to create more than 24 patrol teams to work in the Maritime Control Department, in addition to the entry of the “Sabah” boat for service two weeks ago as part of the fleet to ensure the safety of Kuwaiti waters from violators.
In addition, Al-Azmi highlighted the ongoing coordination with the Ministry of Education to hand over the skeleton of the dead whale in order to display it in the ministry’s Scientific Museum based on the ministry’s request. He revealed that the physical examination of the whale’s body confirmed that it died as a result of colliding with an object such as a ship which fractured its spine.