'Asians can work on fishing boats'

ABU DHABI — Asians will continue to work on fishing boats, according to Thabit Zahran Al Abdul Salam, Director of Marine Research Centre, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi.

By Atef Hanafi

Published: Mon 30 Apr 2007, 8:43 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:45 AM

He said the resolution issued yesterday with regard to regulation of commercial fishing boats had made it mandatory for boat owners to be on board vessels in the presence of Asian or non-Asian workers.

He said complaints lodged by fishermen about permissible qarqou (fishing nets) were being looked into.

Speaking on the resolution, Humaid Al Rumaithi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Fishermen's Society, said, ''Asian workers in the fishing industry will remain on board boats under supervision of their owners."

The resolution, he said, will no doubt boost the industry in Abu Dhabi. ''Fishermen in Abu Dhabi should be granted the same privileges bestowed on their peers in the Northern Emirates."

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