‘Authorities deprive Kuwaiti fishermen of their favorite hobby’
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 23: From the open sea, Kuwaiti fishing enthusiasts launched a letter of protest against the closure of Kuwait Bay and the ban on fishing with light tools amid the failure to fulfill promises made by competent authorities that pledged the return of fishing at the bay, reports Al-Rai daily.
At the sit-in, which was called by fishing enthusiasts in front of the old Bneid Al-Qar Saturday morning, Ahmed Al-Bannai – the spokesperson for Kuwaiti Sea Amateurs Team, appealed to the Environment Public Authority and the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) to allow citizens who are amateur fishermen and lovers of the sea to fish.
Al-Bannai asked for reopening of the Kuwaiti Bay to fishing without the incapacitating conditions, pointing out that the aim of the sit-in was to deliver a message of protest against the decision to close the bay.
He pointed out that the decision to close the bay and depriving amateur fishermen of fishing is a fatal mistake, as it did not address environmental degradation as they claim but rather increased it due to the absence of oxygen-pumping currents, stressing the presence of frigates helps in finding water currents that pump oxygen.
He emphasized that concerned governmental authorities have deprived Kuwaiti fishermen of their favorite hobby, while allowing others to fish and sell in the market without accountability.
Al-Bannai urged for quick solutions, saying “the situation is intolerable, and for many years, we have not found anyone to listen to our demands, after ignoring the appeals of members of the National Assembly who recently started to move because of their search for votes. We’ll as well deprive them of votes as they ignored our demands.”