Agriculture Ministry: Kinneret could become fish-less lake

January 20, 2011 11:56


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Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry will issue temporary fishing licenses to Lake Kinneret fisherman until final decision are made and a regarding the problem of dwindling fish stocks in the lake. Temporary licenses will be issued until the February 28, 2011, in order to allow the Knesset Economic Committee ample time to exhaust the issue.

The ministry stressed that a solution is needed to the fish issue in Lake Kinneret. Data collected by the Fisheries Department within the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry revealed that fish populations in the lake dropped severely in the last decade, with an annual catch report in 1999 of 2,144 tons of fish, and only 156.8 tons reported in 2009. The ministry wrote that "the data raised real concerns of an ecological disaster that will occur in the Kinneret following the loss of fish resources, turning Lake Kinneret into a fish-less lake." 

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