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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
17 April 2007
Gaza Fishing: An Industry in Danger
After a near total ban on fishing since June 2006, fishermen have finally been allowed back into coastal waters off the Gaza Strip for the high season.
There needs to be an immediate increase in the current fishing range beyond six nautical miles (nm) for fishermen to enjoy the full economic benefits of the high season which began at the start of April.
The fishing industry faces long term decline and even possible extinction if the current restrictions are maintained. Annual income has dropped from $10m to less than half of that since the start of the intifada, according to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Department of Fisheries (DoF).
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