CAIRO - 27 December 2022: Egypt's Law for the Protection and Development of Lakes and Fisheries aims to promote fish wealth and maximize its utilization, through a new package of facilitated procedures and controls, while at the same time aim to preserve this vital resource.
The legislation included controls and requirements for fishing places, driving the boat, and it included the establishment of an agency for the protection and development of lakes and fish wealth that undertakes the development of general policy, exploitation and development of lakes to protect fish wealth.
The law prohibits foreign fishing boats from fishing in the Egyptian regional or economic waters, provided that they face a penalty in accordance with Article stipulated in Law No. 62, by imprisonment for a period of no less than one year and a fine of no less than one hundred thousand pounds and no more than five hundred thousand pounds.
In all cases, the boats, fish, birds, and fishing gear used shall be seized, and the seized items or their price shall be confiscated.
And the law obligates every boat to be designated for fishing before it started fishing, and to be labeled on both sides with a serial number and a mark indicating the degree of the boat and the authority.
The law only allows only, driving a fishing boat, for those who hold a certificate proving the boat's suitability for fishing in marine waters. This authorization should be provided by the Egyptian Authority for the Safety of Maritime Navigation and a navigation license for fishing in inland waters.