Bahrain Shrimps back on the menu




FRESH Bahraini shrimp will be back on the menu following the lifting of a seasonal ban on shrimping. More than 16,000kg of the popular crustacean, considered a local delicacy, is expected to be caught on the first day alone after the ban is lifted on Tuesday. Fishermen Protection Society president Jassim Al Jeran told the GDN he expected to see a bumper catch, reporting a perceived reduction in the number of fishermen flouting the ban this year. “Fishermen are looking forward to being able to fish for shrimp as the season is beginning and stocks will be plentiful,” he said. “Hopefully this year’s season will be better than last year, because last year the follow-up on the ban was really lax and so many people violated it. “It was one of the worst seasons we’ve had and made things very difficult for fishermen who started on the right date because the shrimp had been overfished and not many remained.

“But this year we’ve had fewer violations, partly because the Coastguard have been diligent in the south and covered the area well. “However, in the north where it is less monitored there is still people ignoring the ban.” A shrimping ban is imposed in Bahraini waters every year from March 15 to July 15, coinciding with the mating season. It is intended to allow shrimp stocks to replenish and is also imposed in other GCC countries. However, Mr Al Jeran said some people were openly violating the ban – illustrated by the fact that Bahraini shrimp is still available in local markets during off-season. “You can buy fresh shrimp at the market in Jidhafs right now,” he said. “These people are violators of the ban, they catch it (shrimp) and then sell it openly in the market.”


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