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Fisheries Ministry warns of hostile activities continuation in Socotra Islands & Yemeni territorial waters

Fisheries Ministry has warned of the continuation of hostile activities by the aggression forces in the islands of the Socotra archipelago and Yemeni territorial waters.

In a statement, the ministry stressed, in a statement, received today by the Yemeni News Agency (Saba), the need to end overfishing practices, destructive and unregulated fishing, and to put an end to the practices of the aggression forces in the disposal of toxic and dangerous waste in Yemeni waters.

The statement stressed that the practices of the UAE forces greatly harm fish and coral reefs, in addition to looting hundreds of tons of coral stones, and exporting them to the Gulf countries to be used in building heritage sites.

He explained that 80% of the coral reefs on the Yemeni coast are at risk of imminent collapse, long-term threats, and that 20% have already been destroyed throughout the years of aggression, without hope for their growth again, according to technical reports.

Fisheries Ministry stated that the unique and distinctive coastal coral reefs cover a large area of about 25% of the Yemeni coast, and more than 186 Yemeni islands in the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The ministry called on all concerned parties in the local and international community to respect regional agreements and treaties to preserve the marine environment. It called for joint action to protect fisheries and preserve the marine environment in the region.

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