The Fisheries Ministry has recently announced a series of amendments to the existing General Fisheries Regulations, according to a publication in the Government Gazette. The first amendment, designated as No. 2020/R-75, aims to address concerns raised regarding the operations of other government agencies and the effectiveness of the current regulations. Its primary objective is to provide legal solutions for the optimal implementation of these regulations.
As part of the amendment, certain changes have been made concerning the catching, consumption, and taking of specific marine species. Notably, Stingrays, turtles, and tortoises have been removed from the list of species that can be targeted. These species are now protected under The Environment, Climate Change and Technology Act No. 2021/R-25, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology. The amendment seeks to ensure the preservation and conservation of these single species of marine life.
In addition to species-specific regulations, the amendment also introduces provisions governing fishing activities in the vicinity of buoys set by the Ministry. These regulations will outline the permitted practices and restrictions when fishing near these designated areas. Furthermore, the amendment includes a provision that defines the role of councils in the fishing sector. It also addresses the use of fishing gear by individuals engaged in private fishing activities and traditional fishing practices at the village level. The aim is to encourage community participation and involvement in these activities.
The new amendments to the General Fisheries Regulations reflect the Fisheries Ministry’s commitment to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of fisheries management in the country. By addressing concerns, protecting vulnerable species, and promoting community engagement, these changes strive to create a sustainable and balanced fishing industry.