Legal action against fishermen caught fishing in protected marine reserves
Manama: Legal action has been launched against fishermen who were allegedly caught fishing in one of Bahrain’s protected marine reserves.
The Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) was alerted to the violation via its hotline by civilians passing by the fishermen in Najwat Bulthama on Friday evening.
The fishermen were apparently dropping gargoors (fish traps) in the area that hoards coral reefs.
“An SCE inspectors’ team along with the Coastguard and fisheries department officials caught the fishermen who were referred to the Public Prosecution,” an SCE spokeswoman told the GDN.
A video released by the SCE says, “A warning against violations has been issued against Asian fishermen who were caught fishing in Bulthama.
“This is an area where fishing is prohibited.
“Violators were referred to the Public Prosecution.
“The SCE hotline number is 80001112.”
Tubli Bay, Dohat Arad, Mashtan Islands, Hawar Islands, Bulthama Reef and the Northern Marine Reserves covering Najwat Bulthamat and the Hayr pearl oyster beds are Bahrain’s protected marine reserves.
The GDN reported last week that the SCE is now drawing up a detailed plan to regulate fishing activities as part of efforts to protect these reserves.
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