His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has issued Ministerial Decree No. 574 of the year 2015, which covers new regulations on the use of fishing nets.
Under the new decree, fishermen who are duly registered with the Ministry and whose boats are also registered as ‘cruisers,’ will be allowed to catch surface fish via the use of casting and fishing nets.
The move demonstrates the Ministry’s continuing commitment towards the further promotion of food safety; the sustainability of domestic production and the preservation of marine environment—thereby ensuring the sustainability of marine aquatic resources, which is one of the strategic objectives set in UAE Vision 2021.
The decree aims to regulate the fishing industry, in order to preserve, develop and ensure the sustainability of fish stocks and enhance food security by protecting fish stocks from depletion, as well as encourage local fishermen to support and observe set fishing regulations.
The decree allows fishermen to catch surface fish by nets using the Al Daqwah method (Beach Seine Net) for a full year and determine the period from 15th of October of each year to 30th of April of the next year to use Helaq (Circuling Gill Net) method of fishing by net and the period from 15th of October of each year to 15th of August of the next year by using the Al Hosha method (Set Gil Net)
The Ministry has taken many procedures and measures aimed towards the sustainability of this vital resource by developing many laws and regulations concerning the protection of marine environment and the development and preservation of living aquatic resources.