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Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 5:38 p.m.

Kalba fishermen can only pass through designated routes and not through prohibited areas to reach their fishing spots, according to new fishing rules published on Wednesday.

Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, issued Administrative Resolution No. (2) of 2024 AD regulating some fishing regulations in Kalba.

The decision stipulated that Kalba fishermen will only be allowed to pass through designated areas to reach fishing spots. They are not allowed to carry out any fishing activities within the prohibited areas designated by floating signs (buoys).

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Fishermen are also prohibited from exporting their catch and selling it outside Kalba. But they are allowed to display and sell them in city markets, according to new regulations.

The new regulations also add that fishermen whose equipment was confiscated by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority will be compensated. The regulation adds that they will be compensated for the period of unemployment.

The decision also stipulates that a special committee will be formed to study and propose appropriate compensation for the injured fishermen and will be submitted for approval.

Members of the committee include Major General Saif Mohammad Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, Ali Ahmed Abu Ghazin, Chairman of the Sharjah Fisheries Resources Authority and Muhammad bin Shahraan, Chairman of the Fishermen’s Association from Kalba.

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