Lebanon Community development
Fishermen training in Tyre Coastal Nature Reserve
5 December 2003
par Web Team
Tyre Coast Nature Reserve is a beach reserve that is a nesting site for sea turtles. Fishing is a major activity in the city of Tyre. There are almost 450 fishermen in the city. These fishermen are sometimes a threat to turtles and dolphins. They have also experienced a major drop in the fish population due to the use of illegal fishing techniques and the use of small net size openings.
The MedWetCoast project in Lebanon in partnership with the UNDP-South project is planning an awareness campaign for the fishermen by the end of the year 2003. The campaign will be in the form of a two-day workshop with the fishermen and it will focus on the economic and long term benefits of fishing with the right size nets and the need for the protection of sea turtles and other marine fauna and flora. This experience was successfully undertaken previously by UNDP-South in Naquoura, a coastal town south of Tyre. A speaker in the workshop will be one of the fishermen from Naquoura. Form fishermen to fishermen the message will be more convincing.
The plan also involves the provision of legal size nets to the fishermen and to monitor, as possible, the effect of proper fishing techniques on the fish population in the area and other marine flora and fauna. On the economic side the project expects an increased in revenue for the fishermen and accordingly an improvement in their social status.