Friday, September 24, 2010

Israel blamed for fisherman death | Video |

To understand more about what is going on and how the fisherman was legally within the Gaza, Palestine territorial waters, read below:

Excerpt from the Report on Gaza:
Farming without Land, Fishing without Water: Gaza Agriculture Sector Struggles to Survive

Fishing area and catches shrinking

Since January 2009, fishers’ access to fishing grounds has been further restricted to 3 nautical miles (nm) from the shore. This has resulted in a depletion of catches and revenues.

In Gaza, the majority of profits from fishing come from sardines, however, schools of sardine pass beyond the 3 nm mark and sardine catches are down 72%. [25] Adult fish are mostly found beyond the 3 nm limit and therefore fishing within the current zone rapidly depletes new generations of fish, with severe implications for fish life‐cycles and therefore long‐term fishing livelihoods. (The previous fishing zone was 6‐9 nm before 'Cast Lead', 12 nm from Bertini Commitments, and 20 nm under the Oslo Accords.)

Between 2008 and 2009, total catch decreased by 47%, and is insufficient to meet the demands of Gaza’s fast‐growing population. [26] To fill the gap, traders are importing limited quantities of fresh and frozen fish from Israel and through tunnels under the Gaza‐Egypt border. [27] There are also reports of fishers illegally crossing into Egyptian waters, either to fish or to buy from Egyptian fishers. Additionally, a small number of backyard aquaculture projects (fish farms) have been implemented by humanitarian agencies to protect livelihoods and increase the protein available to Gaza’s food‐insecure population. However, such activities are a poor substitute for allowing Gaza’s fishers to secure nutritious fresh fish to the Gaza population and their own traditional livelihoods, and the future of this vital sector is being dangerously undermined.

Report by OCHA oPt. (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the Occupied Palestinian Territories.) You can Download the full PDF report here

Israel blamed for fisherman death | Video |

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Sept 24 - A Palestinian fisherman dies after the Israeli navy fires on a Palestinian fishing boat off the Gaza strip.

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