Fishing for silver pomfret, commonly known as 'Zbaidi' in Kuwait, will be banned for 45 days starting from Monday in a bid to help the marine species reproduce in Kuwaiti waters.
Kuwait has started in recent years to ban fishing for certain species for a specific period in order to protect those species from overfishing. Local authorities has identified 'Zbaidi,' considered by many as the most popular seafood item in the Kuwaiti cuisine, as a main species that has become under threat of overfishing, and therefore a ban period was necessary to protect its numbers.
Selling and marketing locally-caught 'Zbaidi' fish will be banned from June 1, 2015 until July 15, 2015, according to a decision released yesterday by Nabila Al-Khalil, Acting Chairperson of the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR). Retailers are allowed to import 'Zbaidi' during the ban period, provided that the obtain permission from the PAAAFR. A similar ban on shrimp fishing is also enforced annually from mid-January until the first of September.
Separately, the PAAAFR announced a ban on the import of all live birds, poultry, chicks, and eggs from Niger due to outbreak of bird flu (H5N1) in that country. All incoming consignments to Kuwait must be subjected to PAAF's requirements and restrictions, Khalil said in a press statement.
Khalil also stressed the importance that consignments match the GCC's veterinary quarantine system, the World Organization for Animal Health's (OIC) measures, and procedures of Kuwait's veterinary quarantine system.
Consignments carrying epidemic and infectious diseases will be rejected immediately from entry, she said, adding that the importers must return infected consignments to the country of origin on their own expenses.