FNC calls for laws to protect marine life

“Fishing should be handled only by specialised professionals.”

By Jasmine Al Kuttab

Published: Thu 18 Jun 2015, 12:41 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:09 PM

Abu Dhabi — The Federal National Council (FNC) has proposed laws to protect the country’s marine life. Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, stressed the need to focus on laws that would help preserve and develop the country’s aquatic wealth.

Bin Fahad pointed out that the nation must focus on maintaining and developing sea life, as well as preserving its treasures. “Fishing should be handled only by specialised professionals,” he said. “Although all the rules and regulations might appear different in the law regarding water and sea life, they all have one aim and that is to protect and preserve our waters.”

He underlined that the community should be aware of amendments in the laws. “Those involved in fish farming must make themselves familiar with the laws.”

Speaking during the final session of the council, an FNC representative from Ajman, Sultan Al Shamsi, demanded a ban on the export of aquatic wealth. “We must keep our sea wealth in the UAE,” he stressed.

Rashid Al Shariqi, a Ras Al Khaimah representative, demanded that fish farmers follow rules and regulations. At the same time, he called for an amendment in the law in cases where fishermen face financial difficulties.

Centres for reciting Quran

The house, chaired by its Speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, also called for licensing centres for memorising and reciting the Holy Quran. Ahmed Al Mansouri, a representative from Dubai, said: “All the current centres related to Islamic affairs should be organised and licensed.”

Dr Mohammed Al Kaabi, Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, said: “Our organisation is doing its job by following the President’s directives and instructions regarding preserving and guiding Islamic centres.”

Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Federal National Council Affairs, attended the session.


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