Lebanon News

Marine life put under ‘serious threat’

The union of professional divers yesterday urged the government to take the necessary measures in order to stop daily attacks threatening the country’s marine life.

Speaking during a press conference in the southern coastal city of Sidon, scuba divers and fishermen in the area singled out dynamite use as the most immediate threat to the coast’s marine life.

They implored officials concerned, especially those in the ministry of environment and agriculture, to pass laws that would safeguard marine life and punish those responsible for using dynamite to

catch fish.

The scuba divers and fishermen also urged security and judicial authorities to help tackle the crisis by cracking down and imposing strict punishment on those responsible.

Greenpeace campaigner Fouad Hamdan urged environment minister Akram Chehayeb, agriculture minister Shawki Fakhoury and security forces to implement the law banning the use of dynamite for fishing and to punish those caught.

Hamdan warned that all the violations taking place now will have long-term repercussions on the environment and marine life.

He also revealed that dynamite and other types of explosives were being used in the Ouzai area, where construction to expand the airport is under way, thereby threatening the lives of scuba divers.

The scuba divers’ union said that three tonnes of dynamite were being used daily in the southern coast, which amounts to 90 tonnes each month.

 

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