CAIRO - 18 July 2023: The Egyptian Law for the Protection and Development of Lakes and Fisheries, issued No. 146 of 2021, sets the rules for the practice of fishing boats and those working on them.
The law sets binding conditions, including that the fishing boat must have a license and that the fisherman obtain a fishing card.
The law also defines fishing fees and cases of exemption from them and cases of withdrawal. The licenses included the establishment of an agency for the protection and development of lakes and fisheries.
The law works to unify the authorities that exercise the competences related to the protection, development and exploitation of lakes and fish wealth, and to eliminate the conflict of competence between those authorities among themselves by establishing a unified authority that exercises these specializations without others and has control over that.
The law stipulates that it is prohibited to dump or discharge toxic, radioactive, chemical or petroleum materials, oils, residues and waste of ships, waste of laboratories or factories, or untreated sewage water in Egyptian waters, and this prohibition applies to any other materials that may harm the aquatic wealth, organisms, or fishing activity.
The law further states that whoever violates this shall be punished by imprisonment for a period of no less than one year and no more than three years, and a fine of no less than 100,000 pounds and no more than 500,000 pounds, and in the case of recurrence, the penalty will be doubled.