Bahrain Sets a 2-Month Fish Export Ban & Seasonal Catch Limits for Food Security

Bahrain has rolled out fresh measures to safeguard its marine resources and bolster food security! Including a ban on exporting fish and shrimp and a two-month restriction on certain fish catches.

In line with the directives of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to fortify regulations for the kingdom’s fish wealth, and with the continuous efforts of Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to protect Bahrain’s fisheries. Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, President of the Supreme Council for Environment, issued two edicts.

Edict (1) of 2024 prohibits the export of all fish, shrimp, and other sea creatures caught in Bahrain’s waters, except for crabs and jellyfish. Meanwhile, Edict (2) bans fishing for spangled Emperor (Sheri), rabbitfish (Safi), and seabream (Andak) during April and May, with this year’s ban extended to May only. Fishermen are required to release these species if caught during the ban.

Shaikh Abdulla emphasized that these directives reflect the royal commitment to ensuring food safety and preserving national resources, while also praising the Crown Prince’s support and the Interior Ministry’s efforts to combat illegal fishing practices.

These regulations aim to restore environmental balance and rehabilitate the ecosystem, ultimately increasing fish stocks available in local markets. Shaikh Abdulla urged community cooperation in implementing these measures. Highlighting that regulating fishing is a collective national responsibility with benefits for all members of society.

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