25 tons of dead fish removed from Umm Namil Island

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KUWAIT CITY, May 1: A national campaign organized for cleaning Kuwaiti Bay has resulted in the removal of about 25 tons of dead fish from Umm Namil Island with the participation of employees from Kuwait Municipality, reports Al-Rai daily.

The dead fish mixed up with algae and seaweed had been producing unpleasant smell. Chairman of the campaign Abdulaziz Al-Shatti said “The island is a natural habitat due to which all natural habitats must be protected and entry to them must be restricted. However, we noticed a number of youths and cars frequenting the island to fish therein. Concerned authorities should prevent this from happening”. He indicated that the campaign seeks to not only clean the beaches and islands but also organize forums and seminars to discuss issues relating to the death of fish especially at the Kuwaiti Bay.

Meanwhile, some MPs are planning to forward a request to the National Assembly to convene a special session for discussing the phenomenon of floating algae and dead fish in the Kuwaiti Bay and other environmental hazards in general, reports Al Shahed daily.

According to parliamentary sources, the disaster related to the death of a large number of fish requires discussion to explore the causes. At the same time, relevant procedures must be taken by the government, represented by Environment Public Authority (EPA) and Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR).

They stressed the need to review the huge budget allotted to EPA and some concerned government authorities because it is not reasonable to waste government funds when nothing is being done to prevent the environmental disasters that the country faces now and then.

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