Prepa­ra­tions set for shrimp­ing sea­son

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi KUWAIT:

Kuwait Fish­er­men As­so­ci­a­tion (KFA) or­ga­nized its an­nual sem­i­nar to an­nounce the start of the shrimp­ing sea­son in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters, which be­gins on Au­gust 1. Col Tariq Al-Wazaq of the Kuwait Coast Guard, head of the vi­o­la­tions de­part­ment at the Public Au­thor­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources (PAAAFR) Waleed Ab­bas Khan and KFA Pres­i­dent Khalid AlSuwayan at­tended the sem­i­nar. The meet­ing dealt with prepa­ra­tions for the start of the sea­son. Suwayan lauded the ef­forts of in­te­rior min­is­ter and As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Sea and Land Borders Lt Gen Sheikh Mo­ham­mad AlYousuf Al-Sabah.

He said there was an ini­tial ap­proval to al­low exit and en­trance of Kuwaiti fish­ing boats from Doha Port. Wazaq said the coast guard does not have a prob­lem with boats in Al-Sham­lan Marina leav­ing from Doha Port, and the south­ern boats from Um Al-Ma­ra­dem, pro­vided that KFA co­or­di­nates with the Kuwait Ports Au­thor­ity (KPA).

Wazaq spoke about ex­it­ing and en­ter­ing in­ter­na­tional wa­ters, adding that boats from Sham­lan Marina leave from Doha first be­fore go­ing to in­ter­na­tional wa­ters. When boats re­turn from in­ter­na­tional wa­ters, they should first pass by the coast guard for in­spec­tion, then go to Doha Port, then to the marina, be­cause it is not al­lowed to en­ter Sham­lan Marina be­fore pass­ing by Doha, and vi­o­la­tors will face le­gal ac­tion.

Mean­while, KFA’s Has­san Al-Se­bagha said that it was agreed by the coast guard on the fol­low­ing:

1. Make a spe­cial form of three copies for Doha sea out­let that has the li­cens­ing de­tails, name of the boat, names of fish­er­men on the boat, the owner and their civil ID num­bers.

2. Ac­cept­ing the civil ID at Doha sea out­let and Um Al-Ma­ra­dem in­stead of the pass­port.

3. All fish­er­men must have a valid res­i­dency per­mit along with the civil ID.

4. Fish­er­men with tem­po­rary res­i­dence per­mits are not al­lowed to leave to in­ter­na­tional wa­ters.

5. If fish­er­men see any­thing sus­pi­cious, they must in­form the coast guard about it to main­tain public se­cu­rity.

KUWAIT: Kuwait Fish­er­men As­so­ci­a­tion’s Pres­i­dent Khalid Al-Suwayan dur­ing the sem­i­nar. —Photo by Fouad Al-Shaikh

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