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IUCN and Lebanon ink agreement to develop fisheries

16-10-2020

The caretaker minister of agriculture, Abbas Mortada, said Lebanon’s coastal cities have long relied on fishing as a main source of food, which contributed in part to food security. He disclosed that his ministry’s strategy includes a road map involving the development of marine fisheries and fish farming. Mortada was speaking during the signing of an agreement between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the ministry of agriculture aimed to provide technical assistance for sustainable and responsible fisheries for the proper investment of marine wealth resources. During the signing event, a number of the activities were mentioned to be implemented in collaboration with the IUCN. These include: organizing training courses on the management of fisheries; updating a list of commercially important fish species while specifying the total allowable catch and finally, enforcing regulations concerning the closed fishing seasons. (Al Diyar, October 15, 2020)

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