CDWS salutes annulment of decree that allowed fishing in national park
Following the annulment yesterday of the decree that allowed fishing boats to fish in the protected waters of Egypt's Ras Mohammed National Park, CDWS can confirm that at 8am this morning, all fishing boats had left the area.
A meeting, hosted at Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village by owner Umbarak, was held last night (19 May) and attended by representatives of the Bedouin fisherman, Hesham Gabr (chairman, CDWS), SEDO (Sharm el Sheikh Environmental and Development Organisation) and Dr Mohammed Salem (Ras Mohammed National Park) which resulted in the fisherman agreeing to leave and accepting compensation contributed by the Ministry of Tourism. The fisherman also requested longer term compensation which will now be discussed between the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of the Environment and the Governor of South Sinai who will assign a committee to work directly with the Bedouin fisherman since those fisherman local to Sinai are trying to live and work in an area that is almost entirely designated as national park.
A second meeting took place between Hesham Gabr and representatives of the Egyptian Navy at which Mr Gabr was informed that the Navy has been given the task of policing the situation.
The team also discussed the issue that approximately 15 non-bedouin fishing boats have been working in waters further north off Sinai. The Egyptian Navy has instructed their boats in Sharm el Sheikh to arrest these fisherman over the next 24 - 48 hours.
CDWS would like to express their thanks to all those who contributed in making this happen with special thanks to Amr Ali of HEPCA, SEDO, National Parks of Egypt, the Egyptian Navy, the media and the Red Sea diving community.
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