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Coral reefs of Red Sea face existential threat due to illegal fishing

Coral reefs of Red Sea face existential threat due to illegal fishing

Coral reefs in the Red Sea reserves are in serious danger as a result of growing environmental violations, including illegal trawler fishing.

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Associations for the protection of the marine environment have confirmed that overfishing is one of the greatest threats to the environment of the Red Sea, since many fish species are caught en masse when coral reefs are isolated.

Within the boundaries of the Northern Islands Reserve, which is protected by Law #102 of 1983 prohibiting any actions that threaten the environment and biodiversity, these fishing nets extend kilometers across the coral reefs.

Red Sea marine workers have tracked the degradation of coral reefs caused by overfishing within the Northern Islands Reserve in the areas of Al-Fanous and Al-Araq in northern Hurghada.

Divers in Hurghada reported that overfishing is on the increase due to the expiry of navigational licenses and the inability of the Maritime Inspection Office to grant new ones for patrols operating under the Red Sea Reserves Administration, marine patrols have refused to acknowledge certain areas.

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