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‘Illegal fishing threatens bio-diversity, fish stocks’

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KUWAIT CITY, June 6, (KUNA): The illegal fishing had grave consequences on biological diversity and sustainability of fish stocks, the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) warned Tuesday. The greedy fishermen who do not abide by fishing laws and regulations were unfairly making gains at the expense of their law-abiding peers, head of the aquaculture program at the KISR Dr Mohsen Al-Husseini lamented in a press statement on the occasion of International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

They also encouraged others to violate law, he said, adding that such practices negatively impact ecosystem and marine life due to the fishing of young fish, shrimps and other marine species especially in the protected areas. Al-Husseini stressed the need to stop such practices which were threatening the fish stock. Efforts by the international community to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities are responsible for the loss of 11-26 million tonnes of fish each year, which is estimated to have an economic value of $10-23 billion.

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