Fishing nets washed away by seabed scan ship in Ras Al Khaimah

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Fishing nets washed away by seabed scan ship in Ras Al Khaimah
The ship that started operations late at night, some 11km off the RAK shores.

Ras Al Khaimah - Many fishermen lost six to 30 nets, each worth Dh250.

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Published: Sun 28 Jan 2018, 11:40 AM

Last updated: Sun 28 Jan 2018, 3:00 PM

Over 40 fishermen in Ras Al Khaimah have lost their fishing nets and tools after a seabed scan ship washed them away.
Many fishermen lost six to 30 nets, each worth Dh250. "We were surprised by the big scan ship that started operations late at night, some 11km off the RAK shores, without any prior alert about its work location or timing," they said.
The fishermen tried to alert the ship using their night lights but it did not change its direction and washed their fishing nets and tools.
"The bodies concerned have to identify and assess their loss, and compensate them against the same," said the fishermen. 
Saeed Mohammed, a fisherman, said the scanning ship has destroyed 30 nets he owned. "I searched hard for my lost nets but found none of them. This has cost me a loss of Dh7,500."
He added the bodies concerned did not even show any cooperation. "They did not help us find our lost nets and fishing tools and should recompensate us."
Ashraf Ali, another fisherman, said he also lost some 30 fishing nets deep into the sea. "I have found 20 of them torn out, but lost the remaining 10. Also, one of my sons lost six of his nets."
Fisherman Ibrahim Radwan said they did receive two text messages from the environment protection and development authority to avoid the maritime route of the scanning ship.
"However, they said nothing about the places and timing of the ship scan operations," he said, noting that he lost 20 of his nets. "This will cost me a lot of money, leave alone the lost fish."
Dr Saif Al Ghais, executive director of the environment protection and development authority, said they would meet with the fishermen to address their concerns. "We shall assess the loss each and every fisherman incurred due to the scanning ship."
ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com
 
 



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