25 million fish die in cold spell

Fish farms in the Emek Hama'ayanot region make up 80 percent of the fishing trade in Israel.

Kibbutz fishing industry leaders recently held an emergency meeting with local council heads in the North following the death of 25 million tilapia fish during the recent cold spell, they said Wednesday. Fish farms in the Emek Hama'ayanot region make up 80 percent of the fishing trade in Israel, and took a battering during the unusually cold weather. The full extent of the damage is only being realized now, industry representatives said. Tilapia fish are especially sensitive to the cold. Carp, on the other hand, are resilient to cold weather, and were not affected by the weather. The Emek Hama'ayanot Regional Council estimated the damage to be worth NIS 60 million, and has initiated a rescue plan aimed at focusing government aid to the worst affected areas.