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UAE announces ban on sale of two fish species

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The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has issued a decision, regulating the fishing and trade of certain species of fish during their breeding season.

The decision prohibits the fishing of goldlined seabream (Rhabdosargus sarba) and king soldier bream (Argyrops spinifer) across the UAE from February 1 to 28. It also bans the sale of these species, regardless of their origin in all fish markets and retail outlets over the same period.

As per the decision, fishermen must release any goldlined seabream and king soldier bream fish caught accidentally in their fishing gear during the restricted period back into the water.

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