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Fishermen strike against nylon net ban Jumbo Meed fish found, EPA blames pollution Mervat Abduldayem Staff Writer
KUWAIT: The measures taken by the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) against fishermen have paralyzed the fish market. The fishermen responded to the PAAAFR ban against fishing with nylon nets by going on a strike and suspending all fishing activities. This has led to a hike in the prices of fish; the price of Al-Zubeidi has reached nine Kuwaiti dinars per kilo, the price of Hammour KD 6.5 per kilo, and the price of a basket of shrimps KD 75. Secretary of the Fishermen’s Union Zaher Al-Souyan announced that the PAAAFR ban on nylon nets was issued in 2004, but the decision was applied a few days ago as a result of the appointment of a new board. The new board called on fishermen to use other materials and banned fishing for Zubeidi, Sabour, and Nuweibi, among other fish. Al-Souyan criticized the authority for banning the use of nylon nets for fishing while permitting the import of fish from countries that allow the use these nets. He asserted that this contradicts the terms of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreement banning their fishermen from using nylon nets. He demanded that the officials find a solution to the issue, in addition to finding a better accommodation for the fishermen to live, since their current flats are dirty and infested with insects. Deputy Head of the union Khaled Al-Enezi criticized the authority for seizing the licenses of the fishermen and asking the owners of fishing ships to deport the fishermen if they want their licenses back. In other news, Jumbo Meed fish has been found in Kuwaiti waters, and is being sold in local fish markets here in Kuwait. An official at the Environment Public Authority (EPA) explained that this is not a miracle but simply the natural product of sewage water running off into the sea, and with so much organic substances being poured into the water, it would inevitably lead to abnormal sized fish. He revealed that for the past year, the Ministry of Public Works has been dumping sewage water into the sea, but not before treating it with different chemical and biological materials.
Fishermen refusing to board their boats as a sign of protest to the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources for banning the use of nylon nets, despite importing fish from countries that do, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. (Al Watan)
Remarkably, not only has the size of the fish changed, but also the very shape of it. The source revealed that an initial analysis of a sample of seawater indicated that large amounts of protein and hormones were found, and that these have led to the abnormal enlargement of the size of the fish and in particular the Meed. One distinctive feature that was found by fishermen and fish vendors is the amount of fat in Meed, something which this particular fish never had before. The source explained that unlike many other types of fish, the habitat of the Meed is typically near the shore, as it prefers shallow water. He went on to say that there is a strong possibility that in the future such abnormality would lead to serious diseases because of the unusual amount of hormones involved. The sea has been used as a dumping pit for quite a while now, and with the intensive use of chlorine in this country, seawater has become characteristically chlorified, said the
source. He went on to say that they are not talking about the amount of chlorine used by the public but the inordinate amount dumped by the Ministry of Public Works into the sea for the purpose of killing bacteria. This has been demonstratively visible to the naked eye because every time a wave passes, a huge amount of foam is unnecessarily created, he said. The source is not optimistic by any account. He explained that even if the Mishref sewage plant is fixed, the seawater, along with the basin, needs delicate cleaning, because by now there are layers of sediments caused and formed by the unnatural materials and substances. The source was adamant that unless an overhaul cleaning job is done, the water will remain filthy as evident by the color of the rocks, which are now black. Manager of the Matriculate and Fisheries Department at Kuwait Institute for Scientific
Research (KISR) Dr. Sulaiman Al-Matar rejected the theory that the quality of water in Kuwaiti maritime territory has been polluted to such an alarming state, and that the Meed was of a different shape and size. He believes that unless comprehensive studies and researches are carried out to find the reasons, no one can determine the causes. He further argued that proper studies take a minimum of three years to be able to pass any reliable scientific judgment, not by a mere hypotheses. “Besides, we all know that the Meed is a migrant fish and comes from the southern part of the Arabian Gulf and then makes his detour back to his habitat. Therefore, unless a proper and adequate scientific study is carried out, there is no point theorizing on new sizes or different shapes of fish. After all, there might be a fourth type of Meed that never surfaced in Kuwaiti waters before, so it would be appropriate not to jump to conclusions,” he explained.
GCC’s 26th meeting discusses Green initiative, sustainable development KUWAIT: Participants in the first session of the 26th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) environmental coordination committee meeting discussed on Sunday here a number of key issues, mainly the GCC Green initiative and sustainable development. During the session, outcomes of the third committee meeting of the initiative, as well as recommendations of the 25th GCC environmental coordination committee meeting, were discussed. The initiative is seen as of the most significant in relation to the Gulf environmental framework. Other topics discussed included concerned regional and international agreements; such as the ones on preserving wildlife, biological diversity and protection of falcons, in addition to accords on climate change and the Ozone layer. Director General of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) in Kuwait Dr. Salah Al-Mudhi said the meeting’s first session focused on three main issues; the ‘Green’ initiative, approving the GCC general secretariat to participate in UN agreements on climate change, protection of the Ozone layer, desertification and biological diversity as a supervisor, and lastly showcasing the GCC’s achievements in the domain of protecting the Ozone layer. Al-Mudhi, in a speech marking the commencement of the committee meeting earlier today, said efforts exerted by GCC countries to protect the environment would contribute in bringing points of view closer, as the meeting is a prelude to the 14th GCC ministerial meeting for the environment. The ministerial meeting is due on Tuesday in Kuwait, with the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ahmad Al-Haroun representing the Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Chairman of the Higher Council of the Environment Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Pointing out to Kuwait’s keenness on protecting marine life, especially after being hit with a range of intoxicants within the last three decades, Al-Mudhi said EPA brought experts from the World Bank to come up with an assessment to rehabilitate marine life in Kuwait and the GCC waters. Finally, He hoped for more progress to be attained in the future in order to limit deterioration of natural resources, advising all to cooperate with the GCC general secretariat in order to complement environmental action within the Gulf region. -KUNA
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NATIONAL Have small mullets turned plus sized? KUWAIT: Several years ago, Kuwait had experienced a unique phenomenon in which fish began dying in its waters en masse. Tons of fish, namely the small mullet variety (locally known as “maid”) were killed, reported Al-Watan. It noted that, Kuwait is experiencing a different incident with regard to the same species of fish. Officials from the Environment Public Authority (EPA) said that small mullets have doubled in size, at an alarming rate, by storing more oil in their bodies. Officials explained that the species’ began doubling in size following the Mishref sewage water spillage incident. Enormous amounts of sewage water was dumped in the sea, increasing the amount of organic nourishment available to small mullets that thrive near the shallow waters. Officials added that some fish had changed in shape as well, which calls for conducting large-scale studies to probe the negative impact of a drastic change. Furthermore, officials also asserted that the chlorine levels had increased in the sea as the Ministry of Public Works had been using to treat sewage water, ‘The problem lies not only in the genetic make-up of some varieties of fish, the water’s chemical composition too has altered, turning into swamp-like ponds,’ officials warned. While Mohammed AlEraifan, Chairman of Kuwait Fishermen Union, confirmed that mullets were expanding in size, Dr Sulaiman Al-Mutar, Manager of Fish Farming and Fish Resources Department, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research denied the existence such a phenomenon and asserted that mullets were still in normal sizes and that such a ‘thing’ was not likely to happen. Kuwaiti University’s Marine Sciences expert, Dr Salem AlMuhanna rejected the idea that fish would get any larger. Yet, he stressed that it would require at least three years to arrive at a sound scientific judgment after conducting extensive studies, ‘The oversized ‘maid’ could be a new type of mullets that migrated to Kuwaiti waters from elsewhere,’ he underlined.
Monday, October 11, 2010
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«األبحاث» ينظم ندوة «تكنولوجيا المعلومات والتقنيات الصديقة للبيئة» ينظم معهد الكويت لألبحاث العلمية ،بالتعاون مع معهد الصناعة الـمـعـلــومــاتـيــة ال ـتــايــوانــي غ ــدا ال ـثــالثــاء ،ورش ــة عـمــل عـلـمـيــة بعنوان "التطبيقات الحديثة لتكنولوجيا المعلومات والتقنيات الصديقة للبيئة والـطــاقــة" ،يشارك فيها نخبة من الباحثين والمختصين في مجال تكنولوجيا المعلومات واالتصاالت والتقنيات البيئية ،وذلك تحت رعاية مديره العام د .ناجي المطيري. وشددت مديرة مشروع تطوير النظم المعلوماتية في المعهد ومنسقة الورشة الخنساء الحسيني على أهمية ما أحدثته االبتكارات التقنية في مجالي الصناعة المعلوماتية وتكنولوجيا االتصاالت من تسهيل عملية التفاعل واالتـصــال بين الناس في جميع أنحاء العالم ،األمر الذي جعلها عنصرا أساسيا من عناصر التطوير والنمو االقتصادي، مشيرة إلى أن العديد من الــدول تسعى إلى تبني مثل هذه التقنيات في المجاالت الحكومية والتعليمية وقطاع األعمال والنقل وغيرها، ومن هنا تأتي أهمية هذا التعاون العلمي المشترك بين معهد الكويت لألبحاث العلمية ومعهد الصناعة المعلوماتية التايواني في تنظيم ورشة عمل تستمر يومين في مقر المعهد بالشويخ والتي ستناقش تكنولوجيا المعلومات والتقنيات الصديقة للبيئة والطاقة. وقــالــت الحسيني" :إن الـهــدف مــن إقــامــة الــورشــة هــو تـبــادل أحدث التقنيات في مجال تكنولوجيا المعلومات واالتصاالت والبيئة ،إضافة إلى تبادل الخبرات المكتسبة وتحديد مسارات التعاون المستقبلي بين المعهدين في هذا المجال" ،موضحة أن معهد الصناعة المعلوماتية الـتــايــوانــي يـعــد مــن الـمـعــاهــد الــرائــدة عالميا فــي مـجــال تكنولوجيا المعلومات واالت ـصــاالت ،ويعتبر مساهما رئيسيا فــي بـنــاء البنية التحتية لتكنولوجيا المعلومات واالتصاالت في تايوان.
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