Bahrain bans export of all types of fish, shrimp caught in its territorial waters

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Bahrain bans export of all types of fish, shrimp caught in its territorial waters

Manama, Mar. 30 (BNA): The Kingdom of Bahrain has taken new steps to protect its marine wealth and enhance its food security, by prohibiting the export of fish and shrimps. It also introduced a new two-month ban on catching some types of fish.

The move is in line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to set regulations to develop and protect the kingdom’s fish wealth, as well as continue the process of fish farming to meet the needs of the local market.

It is also in line with the constant keenness of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to preserve the kingdom’s fisheries and enhance its food security.

In this regard, His Highness Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, HM the King’s Personal Representative, Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) President, issued Edict (1) of 2024, prohibiting the export of all types of fish, shrimp, and other sea animals caught in the kingdom’s territorial waters, except for crabs and jellyfish, whether fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, canned or smoked.

The ban does not apply to fish farming products.

HH Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad also issued Edict (2) of 2024, banning the fishing of spangled Emperor (Sheri), rabbitfish (Safi) and seabream (Andak) in the territorial waters of the Kingdom in April and May. This year’s ban will be applied in May only.

The edict also stipulates that fishermen whose fishing equipment catches these types of fish during the ban period must release them into the sea, taking into account their safety. Commenting, HH Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad affirmed that HM the King’s directives reflect the royal interest in ensuring the kingdom’s food safety by putting in place regulations to preserve the national natural resources, increase fish stock and regulate the fishing industry.

His Highness paid tribute to HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister for HRH’s support for efforts to preserve the kingdom’s marine wealth.

HH Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad also commended the efforts of the Interior Ministry to confront illegal fishing practices.

His Highness indicated that the edicts, aiming to enhance the kingdom’s fish stocks by restoring the environmental balance and rehabilitating the ecosystem, will play an important role in increasing the quantity and types of fish offered in local markets.

HH Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad urged community cooperation to strictly implement the edicts, in a way that contributes to preserving fish wealth, noting that regulating fishing is a collective national responsibility whose positive impact is reflected on all members of society.