Fishing Is Banned In The Red Sea For The Next Three Months

Manar Eissa

The Governor of the Red Sea, Major General Amr Hanafi, has enacted a temporary prohibition, starting today, on the trading of fish in Red Sea markets, shops, and restaurants. This measure will remain in effect for a period of two and a half months, extending from May 1st, 2024, until July 15th, 2024.

Under this directive, all trading of Red Sea fish within fish stores and restaurants across the region is suspended. The decision aligns with efforts to conserve fish stocks and promote sustainable fishing practices.

Concurrently, the Fish Wealth Protection and Development Authority has issued a decision to halt fishing activities in the Red Sea and South Sinai regions, extending to areas such as the Gulf of Suez, Aqaba, Hurghada, and Ras Gharib, in the north of the Red Sea. This measure, applicable to hooker craft, will be enforced for the next three months.

Major General Amr Hanafi emphasized the importance of these measures in preserving the delicate marine ecosystem of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez. The decision also takes into account recommendations stemming from coordination meetings addressing incidents of shark attacks on tourists in the region.

To enforce compliance, the governor has cautioned against violations, outlining penalties for offenders. Any fishing boat found in contravention risks suspension of its license for two months, along with equipment confiscation. Repeat violations will result in more severe penalties, including a six-month suspension and legal prosecution. Close collaboration with the directors of the Fisheries Wealth Authority has been mandated to monitor fishing activities during the designated moratorium.

The actions taken by the Governor of the Red Sea underscore a commitment to environmental conservation and responsible resource management. By implementing these measures, the region seeks to safeguard its marine biodiversity while addressing potential risks to both marine life and tourism.

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