Fish stocks need to be tapped in rational way to secure renewal (secretary of state) | Tunisia News Gazette

Fish stocks need to be tapped in rational way to secure renewal (secretary of state)

Climate change and the unregulated exploitation of sea resources are key challenges that entail serious consequences, particularly the decline in fish stocks, said Secretary of State for Water Resources and Fisheries Abdallah Rabhi.

Speaking Friday at an information day on the vulnerability of the fisheries and aquaculture sector to climate change, the Secretary of State said there is need for fish stocks to be tapped in a rational way to secure their renewal.

New invasive species surfacing, the rising sea levels and the frequency of torrential rain and floods show the impact of climate change. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries worked out a strategy to address these challenges, the official indicated.

The Ministry is also coordinating with the army and coast guards to ensure the surveillance of fish resources, along with fishing monitoring with the European Union as part of a joint policy for the sustainable management and conservation of resources.

Rabhi also spoke about the poor fill rate of dams which stood at 17% for Sidi Salem dam and 19% to 20% in other barrages, in spite of the latest heavy rains.

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative Taroub Bahri said climate change has taken its toll on species and the output of the fisheries and aquaculture sector; about 800 million people in the world depend on these sectors, she indicated. Fisheries account for 37% of world trade.

Source: TAP News Agency

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