Fishing nets in Abdeh & Nakoura
Focus Area
Fishermen & the Sea
Local Partners
Fishing syndicates in Abdeh & Nakoura
Geographic Scope
Abdeh, North Lebanon & Nakoura, South Lebanon
981 fishermen (902 in Abdeh, 79 in Nakoura)

This project formed part of SEAL’s ongoing contribution to providing and distributing fishing nets in Lebanon. Due to a lack of modern nets and methods, fishermen are not able to benefit from fishing on the industrial level and are classified as artisans. Meanwhile, most fishing nets used have an extremely small (and illegal) mesh size, with grave consequences for the marine ecosystem and on fish stocks; the illegal use of dynamite is still widespread; fishing equipment is expensive; and traditional fishermen have no access to institutional credit. Based on the FAI EastMed’s assessment of fishing gear in Lebanon (2011), SEAL’s priority is to support the use of more sustainable fishing gears and increase the exploitation of offshore waters, whilst reducing the fishing pressure from coastal waters - with the full collaboration of the local fishing industry. This initiative distributed 2 fishing nets per fisherman, with the same specifications for nets as those distributed previously in Al Sarafand, Chekka and Tripoli.

This project is a part of SEAL’s FISHING NET DISTRIBUTION program, which distributes large-mesh nets among under-served fishing communities to increase their productivity in an environmentally sustainable way.


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