(photo credit: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)
Police officers and Agriculture Ministry inspectors took a group of fishermen in
for questioning and confiscated their equipment on Tuesday night, after
reportedly catching them using illegally small-holed nets on Lake
The holes in the nets were allegedly below the minimum size
required by law – 80 millimeters.
According to the ministry, catching
such small fish “undermines development of the fish population in the
If the smallest fish are not sufficiently reproducing, then
the natural food chain within the lake’s ecosystem becomes disrupted, as the
larger fish have no food to substantiate their own reproduction and
The fisherman, all in their 40s and residents of Moshav
Migdal, allegedly had in their vessel about 30 kilograms worth of mullet fish
that, for the most part, did not even reach 40 centimeters in length.
minimum size of fish that may be caught is 45 cm., the ministry
As the inspectors spotted their activity, the fishermen
attempted to thwart their capture by throwing the nets into the water and trying
to hide from their trackers, according to the ministry.
The penalty for
such activity is NIS 1,500, and if repeated, the maximum penalty is NIS 12,900
plus three months of imprisonment.
“[Fishing for] smaller fish than
permitted brings grave harm to the fish population, in their reproductive chain
and in their possibility to grow and reproduce,” Hagai Neuberger, director of
the inspectors’ unit in the ministry’s fish and aquaculture department, said in
a statement released by his office. “The Kinneret fish population is dwindling,
and the Agriculture Ministry is doing all it can to stop the phenomenon and
strengthen the fish population.”Correction: An earlier version of this article carried an illustrative picture. JPost.com wishes to clarify that the people in that picture were not related to the story.
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