UAE may have to import fish during summer

FUJAIRAH — The UAE may have to import large quantities of fish during the summer with these finned creatures retreating to the cooler waters in the sea depths to beat the heat thereby eluding the nets.

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Published: Thu 27 Jul 2006, 11:37 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:19 PM

Many fishermen are holidaying overseas and the remaining fisherfolk are reluctant to venture out in their motor boats citing the hike in fuel prices. Getting visas for assistants to these fishermen is a tall order.

The Head of the Fujairah Fishermen’s Cooperative Society, Abdullah Al Deli, has warned that the country may resort soon to import large quantities of fish from abroad in order to meet the market's requirements.

Al Deli said the east coastal fishermen generally and in Fujairah in particular, suffer from the hike in the fuel prices. Hence most of these fishermen grounded their boats. Besides, he added, the rise in prices of petrol along with the high cost of obtaining labour permits for workers who assist the UAE fishermen, has also been a factor that has led to the shortage of fish.

Al Deli has called on all officials and the concerned bodies to stand together to seek solutions and encourage the UAE fishermen to return to work.

Head of the Khorfakan Fishermen Cooperative Society, Soliman Al Kabouri, confirmed that the Khorfakan's markets witnessed a scarcity and there was a sharp fall in fish due to the relentless summer.

Al Kabouri clarified that Khorfakan Municipality in cooperation with the Khorfakan Fishermen Cooperative Society has imported a large quantity of fish from Dubai markets along with Oman.

The head of Daba-Fujairah Fishermen Cooperative Society Soliman Al Khadeem said that the scarcity of fish was due to the migration of fish to cooler depths.

Above all, the officials ordered that a UAE citizen should be the leader of the fishing crew as a condition for allowing fishing although the UAE national himself does not feel comfortable to venture out on long fishing trips on the high seas.

"The coming days are going to see an increase in fish import from the neighbouring countries under the strict regulations and the rise in the fuel prices that prompted fishermen to leave their profession," Chairpersons of the Fishermen Cooperative Societies have threatened.

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