By Vesela Todorova
A seasonal ban on traditional dhagwa nets is among a raft of new rules to protect dwindling fish stocks.
The nationwide restrictions apply mainly to the use of different types of nets by commercial fishermen.
The dhagwa, huge nets cast from shore, will be banned from the beginning of March until the end of April. Attaching extra nets to the dhagwa is no longer allowed at any time of year.
Al halaq, or encircling nets, which are particularly effective at catching Spanish mackerel, will be allowed only between October 15 and April 30. In Abu Dhabi, they have been banned throughout the year since 2007.
Fishermen will also have to choose between using nets or metal cages, commonly known as gargoor, as the Ministry of Environment will license them only for one or the other.
Some of the new requirements have already been put into use,.
"The difference is that some of the specifications and duration of fishing are changed," said Sultan Bin Alwan of the Ministry of Environment and Water.
"These changes were necessary to control the current exploitation of fisheries by nets and to stop the harmful fishing practices applied while using these type of nets. More....