Some fishermen claimed that the use of nets with holes smaller than 20 mm also has negative implications for the long term viability of Lebanon’s fisheries. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Sidon's fishermen cried foul over the weekend, claiming Lebanon's fishing regulations are not being enforced equally along the coast.Fishermen are forbidden from using nets with holes smaller than 20 millimeters.However, a group of Sidon fishermen voiced their concern during an urgent meeting called by the Fishermen's Union Council and the Fishermen's Cooperative at the syndicate's headquarters, arguing that the restriction is being used to target certain groups and not being uniformly applied. Kaeen said that Sidon's fishermen do not object to complying with the law, as long as everyone else follows it as well.Some of the tight nets are 50 meters wide and 500 meters long, and move through the water at a depth of 60 meters, Bouji explained.
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