Reduced diesel quota expected to hinder shrimp fishing season

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KUWAIT CITY, July 31: The shrimp fishing season is facing hurdles even before the season kicks off on Aug 1 as the reduced fuel quota for fishing came to an end and the fishing boats assembled at the pier, waiting to fill diesel, which is crucial for the upcoming shrimp fishing inside Kuwait’s territorial waters, reports Al-Rai daily. The head of the Kuwaiti Federation of Fishermen, Dhaher Al-Suwayyan, expressed concern as he mentioned that the diesel tanks at Naqat Al-Shamlan and Fahaheel piers remained empty, posing a serious threat to the shrimp season. He emphasized that unless diesel became available and the quota returned to its previous level, the fishing boats would not be able to set out for their fishing activities. Al-Suwayyan urged the government to pay attention to the fishing sector and remove hindrances that affect the fishermen, including visa restrictions, fishing restrictions, and stringent laws that favor the consumption of imported fish over fresh fish caught locally.

Meanwhile, citing the high cost of marine marinas in Kuwait, which ranges from 600 to 2,000 dinars annually per berth, a member of the Municipal Council, Fahd Al-Abdul Jader, has submitted a proposal to establish surface and multi-storey boat parking in various locations around the country, reports Al-Rai daily. In his proposal, Al-Abdul-Jader stressed that “Kuwait is considered one of the countries known for requesting boats, and one of the important countries for its factories.”

Statistics also show that the Kuwaiti demand for purchasing boats represents 40 percent of boat sales in the Middle East, pointing out that due to the increase in the number of boat owners annually several complaints have been received from some citizens who complain about the parking of boats in random places within residential areas, which causes problems with neighbors. He added, “The main problem facing boat owners and dealers is the lack of berths or parking lots near the beaches to accommodate the increasing number of boats.”

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