Head of Kuwait Fishermen Union Thaher Al-Swayan disclosed that about 14 tons of shrimp was caught on the first day of the resumption of fishing following the seven and half months ban. He added a better fishing season will be enjoyed this year compared to previous years, reports Al- Seyassah daily. In a chat with the daily, Al- Swayan noted the fishermen union doesn’t engage in fixing prices of fish, especially as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry have their own inspectors visiting the market on a daily basis to monitor prices.
Meanwhile, several citizens and expatriates complained of high prices of shrimps in spite of concerned authorities lifting ban on fishing in Kuwait’s territorial waters. They noted that jumbo size shrimp is sold for KD 4.5 per kilo, while sellers mixed damaged shrimps with good quality shrimps to sell to customers. They hope the price of shrimp will be reduced by next week.
Also, the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) announced on Tuesday that shrimp fishing was since the beginning of this month in international waters and it will be allowed in Kuwaiti territorial waters within days. Chairman of the (PAAAFR) Nabilah Al-Khalil told KUNA that the authority imposed the shrimp fishing ban policy in specific seasons as a measure to preserve the country’s stockpile of fisheries.
The authority has a specific mechanism for coordination with the concerned authorities to reduce overfishing operations and monitor irregularities and abuses as well the application of laws concerning the organization of the fishing operations, she added. Al-Khalil added that the authority is working to overcome the agricultural sector problems and develop it in all areas to increase domestic production and meet local market needs throughout the year.
Source: Arab Times