RAK bans commercial fishing of molluscs

RAS AL KHAIMAH — To protect the marine environment and to maintain ecological balance in the emirate, the Fisheries Committee has banned fishermen from fishing as well as trading in all kinds of molluscs and some types of sea invertebrates.

By Sadiq A. Salam

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Published: Fri 22 Jul 2005, 11:43 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:52 PM

The RAK Police Department issued a communication yesterday to fishermen in the emirate, particularly in Al Remes area, banning them from fishing and selling molluscs in the local markets. "The decision is aimed at protecting marine resources and ensuring sustainable development," Mohammed Al Zabi, Director of RAK Fisheries Section, told Khaleej Times.

The ban, however, does not prohibit fishing for molluscs and some sea invertebrates for domestic consumption. "We know that people like this type of sea food, and hence we have allowed them to fish in small quantities," he said.

He said the section had received many complaints from the local people that some fishermen, particularly in Al Remes area, fish for molluscs and sell them in large quantities.



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