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Major Victory for the Red Sea!

calendar_monthApril 30, 2024

Major Victory for the Red Sea!

Key Points of the Decrees:

  • Ban on Shanshula and Trawl Fishing: Commercial fishing using these destructive methods is prohibited in the Red Sea, Gulf of Suez, and Aqaba for five years. This ban aims to protect fish populations and allow them to recover from the detrimental effects of these fishing practices.

  • Recreational Fishing Halt: All recreational fishing and competitions are suspended for five years, starting May 1st, 2024. This temporary pause aims to minimize the impact of recreational fishing on the Red Sea's ecosystem during a crucial period for fish reproduction.

  • Limited Yachting: Pleasure boats are restricted to day trips only during the peak breeding season (April 15th - July 15th, 2024) in the Red Sea, Gulf of Suez, and Aqaba. This measure aims to reduce disturbance to marine life during their most vulnerable reproductive phase.

  • Coral Reef Protection: Net fishing on coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba is banned. Coral reefs are essential for the health of the Red Sea ecosystem, providing habitat and shelter for a multitude of marine species. Protecting these reefs is crucial for maintaining biodiversity and the overall health of the marine environment.

  • Temporary Fish Trade Ban: All trade of Red Sea fish is prohibited in markets, restaurants, and shops from April 15th to July 15th, 2024. This temporary ban aims to reduce the demand for Red Sea fish during the breeding season, allowing fish populations to replenish naturally.

  • Enforcement: A dedicated committee will ensure compliance with the decree. Effective enforcement is crucial for the success of these conservation measures.

A Triumph for Conservation:

These decrees represent a significant victory for conservation efforts in the Red Sea. They demonstrate a strong commitment from the Egyptian government to protect this precious natural treasure. By implementing these measures, we can safeguard the Red Sea's marine biodiversity, ensure the sustainability of fisheries, and preserve this underwater paradise for future generations.

Let's Celebrate and Continue Protecting the Red Sea:

As we celebrate this progress, let us also recommit to protecting the Red Sea. We can all play a part by:

  • Supporting sustainable fishing practices: Choose seafood products that are certified sustainable and avoid purchasing fish caught using destructive methods.

  • Reducing our consumption of seafood: Overfishing is a global problem. By consciously reducing our seafood consumption, we can help alleviate the pressure on marine ecosystems worldwide.

  • Raising awareness: Educate others about the importance of protecting the Red Sea and encourage them to adopt sustainable practices.

  • Reporting violations: If you witness any illegal fishing activities, report them to the relevant authorities.

Together, we can make a difference and ensure that the Red Sea remains a thriving underwater haven for generations to come.