Tons of dead fish lit­ter Kuwait’s beaches, bay

‘Don’t buy fish from un­li­censed, un­of­fi­cial out­lets’

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi, Agen­cies

The Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources (PAAAFR) has de­tected con­sid­er­able num­ber of dead fish on the beaches and within Kuwait Bay - urg­ing En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Au­thor­ity (EPA) to act and stop the dump­ing of sewage wa­ter into the bay. PAAAFR said over five tons of dead fish were re­moved from Kuwait beaches.

In­formed sources al­leged that some fish­er­men might have been us­ing ex­plo­sives to kill the fish so as to col­lect them later. Mean­while, Kuwait Fish­er­men Union has is­sued a state­ment ex­press­ing both sad­ness and alarm over the phe­nom­e­nal death of fish and strongly re­futed the ac­cu­sa­tions made by EPA - blam­ing fish­er­men for it. In its state­ment, the Union urged EPA to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of deaths trans­par­ently, in­stead of mak­ing ground­less ac­cu­sa­tions. Sev­eral law­mak­ers have crit­i­cized the rel­e­vant of­fi­cials who had been ex­chang­ing ac­cu­sa­tions with­out ac­tu­ally solv­ing the prob­lem - which they said has al­most be­come an an­nual one. The Min­istry of Health yesterday quashed so­cial me­dia re­ports claim­ing that it is­sued ‘warn­ing against eat­ing seafood’, es­pe­cially con­tam­i­nated fish that can cause can­cer. Nei­ther the Min­istry, nor its Food Lab has is­sued such state­ments, spokesman Dr Ah­mad AlShatti, said in a press re­lease.

“The Lab re­ceives lo­cal and im­ported fish re­ferred to it by the Kuwait Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. So far, it has not ex­am­ined the dead fish,” he added. The Min­istry is co­or­di­nat­ing and co­op­er­at­ing with the bodies con­cerned with food safety and the En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Au­thor­ity (EPA), Shatti said. He urged cit­i­zens and ex­pats not to buy fish from the un­li­censed and un­of­fi­cial out­lets.

Photo shows thou­sands of dead fish washed ashore along Kuwait beach near Doha area.

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