Mead disappears from Kuwait market – ARAB TIMES
KUWAIT CITY, August 21: Kuwaiti mead, the most sought after by consumers, is nowhere to be found in Kuwaiti fish markets, reports the Al-Rai daily. When the daily toured the Souk Sharq fish market, there was no trace of mead which was otherwise plentiful at this time of year. When questioned, the fishmongers said the reason was that trawlers were banned from fishing in Kuwait Bay after the Public Authority for Agriculture and Fisheries and the Public Authority for the Environment launched a campaign to punish trawlers who catch fish in Kuwait Bay. The fishermen claimed that “mead is only found in abundance inside the bay, and no one can catch it due to the penalties provided, including the administrative eviction decision if someone is caught fishing for mead “. Meanwhile, after discovering several dead fish in the Khuwaisat region of Kuwait Bay, the authorities concerned have taken samples in laboratories to determine the causes of the death of the fish, reports the daily Al-Qabas.
According to the Environment Public Authority (EPA), dead fish seen in Kuwait Bay include the Dalaa, Shamahi, and Zubaidi types. They originate from the waters of southern regions and are usually not found inside the bay. There are various sources of damage to the marine environment especially Kuwait Bay which cause fish death. They include sewage, overfishing, abandoned nets, red tide, lack of water circulation and deterioration of seawater quality due to poor human activities. In addition, the high temperatures at present and the low water level coming from the Shatt al-Arab increases the salinity and changes the physical and chemical properties of sea water.