Friday, March 26, 2010

Fish reprieve on the Sea of Galilee

The Forward reports that fishing on the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) has been banned for two years whilst stocks replenish. Local fisherpeople claim that not enough fingerlings have been introduced by the government into the lake to replenish the dwindling stock of fish: the number has been reduced to one million from 5-6 million in the 90's. The government in the meantime blames the fisherfolk for using nets with smaller holes which reduces the numbers of fish and removes young fish that haven't had a chance to breed. Apparently, tourists flock to the shoreside restaurants to sample the fish that Peter supposedly caught. It is the most common Kinneret fish: the Sarotherodon galilaeus galilaeus, a kind of tilapia that has been dubbed St. Peter’s Fish.


Jamie said...

The lake has not been closed this year. The Minister of Agriculture proposed to close the lake as a solution to the problems in the fishery. BUT no agreement has been reached with the fishermen. Meanwhile the fish population has increased.

Jamie said...

The lake has not been closed to fishing. The Minister of Agriculture proposed to close the fishery as an answer to overfishing and other problems. No agreement was reached with the fishermen. In spite of the problems, the fish populations have increased this past year.

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