A massive decline in the catch of king fish has been reported by those associated with the fishing industry, who have raised concern that there may a further drop owing to the annual restrictions on fishing in Qatar’s waters.
As a matter of fact, fishing activities in the country are regulated between April 1 and May 31, each year.
The sources have attributed this decline to strong winds affecting offshore areas on a number of occasions in recent times.
It may be mentioned that King fish is among the most sought-after varieties for both locals and expatriates.
The Gulf Times reports a fisherman who stated that \while the period following the annual restrictions usually see a good haul of king fish, this time the community is a bit wary that the situation may not improve significantly as windy conditions are affecting the country frequently.
He added that fishermen have been observing a fall in the catch since November last year and the shortage is felt even more now due to the annual restrictions.
Moreover, each fishing vessel is allowed a maximum of 12 days of operations a month in the sea. Further, they cannot venture out for more than 96 hours at a stretch.