Fishing decree amended in bid to boost catch

ABU DHABI - A new decree allowing fishermen to carry 125 gargours (nets) on their fishing boats to increase their catch and meet the demand of local market has been issued by Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA).

By Muawia E. Ibrahim

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Published: Mon 5 Jul 2004, 9:36 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:46 PM

The decree amended an earlier one issued last year which specified only 100 gargours per boat.

According to a statement by the ERWDA, the amendment comes after a periodical review of the previous decree which was aimed at controlling "ghost" fishing - catching and throwing away fish that are too small.

Fishing vessels are now allowed to carry 125 gargours, a specially designed net to protect juvenile marine life species.

The decree banning fishing nets other than gargour in Abu Dhabi waters came into force from September 13 last year.

Gargours have already replaced the all the plastic traps and nets considered to be dangerous to the marine environment. The new trap, which is licensed under the regulation, has specifically been designed to allow juvenile marine species to escape.

The regulation has been implemented under the supervision of Marine Environmental Research Centre (Merc) at ERWDA in cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

According to the regulation, all gargours must have a panel inserted to prevent ghost fishing and enable small fish to escape as per specifications approved (the panel size should be 50 x 40 cm with a square mesh of 7.6 x 5.6 cm).

The ERWDA warned the manufacturers producing the gargour without prior permission from the Agency.

The decree includes terms and conditions for the use of the nets including a condition that all gargours must insert a panel to prevent ghost fishing and enable juvenile fish to escape.


THE following actions/operations are prohibited:

Use of pop-up buoys.

Retrieval of gargour by grapple type hooks or anchor.

Deployment of gargour without the allotted tag.

Deliberate removal or tampering with the tags from a gargour prior to abandoning it.

Use of tags allotted to another fisherman.

Being in possession of, or handling gargour at sea (on board fishing boat) without a tag.

Attempting to efface or modify the number embossed onto the tag.

Attaching a previously sealed tag to another gargour.

Deployment of gargour in protected or restricted areas as specified by law.

Deployment of gargour in navigation channels or in a position where it could impede free passage of vessels.

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