The fishermen of Istanbul sailed by saying “Vira Bismillah” after the end of the fishing ban.
A ceremony was held at the Beykoz Poyrazköy Fishing Shelter due to the start of the 2021-2022 Fishing Season by the Governorship of Istanbul.
In the ceremony where the moment of silence and the National Anthem were sung, the Quran was read and prayers were said for a fruitful hunting season.
Deputy Governor of Istanbul Uğur Aladağ, who attended the ceremony, stated that he was excited about the opening of the general fishing season and wished all fishermen a fruitful hunting season.
Stating that Istanbul has a coastline of 661 kilometers, Aladağ said that the city is the scene of the migration of migratory fish from the Black Sea to the Marmara and from the Marmara to the Black Sea twice a year.
Pointing out that Istanbul meets 10 percent of Turkey’s aquaculture production, Aladağ said:
“Our aquatic products are our common value. With the good news given by our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, our new aquaculture law numbered 1380 came into effect as of January 1, 2020. Our fight against illegal fishing activities in our seas has been strengthened with this legal regulation. We do it effectively.”
Explaining that they have carried out approximately 20 thousand inspections since the beginning of the year as a result of the work of the Coast Guard, Gendarmerie and Police teams under the coordination of the Istanbul Governorship, Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry, Aladağ said, “While a fine of 3 million 365 thousand 105 liras was imposed, 62 tons of illegally caught fisheries, A large number of various fishing gear and 105 boats that were found to be used in illegal hunting activities were also seized. he said.
“Total aquaculture production target for 2023 is 1 million tons”
Fisheries and Aquaculture General Manager Dr. Mustafa Altuğ Atalay also said that they are very happy to open the season.
Stating that the opening of the fishing season has become traditional, Atalay stated that they produced approximately 786 thousand tons of fishery products, including hunting and aquaculture, last year.
Noting that the total fisheries production target for 2023 is 1 million tons, Atalay said that there is a very strong fishing fleet as well as very talented chiefs and fishermen.
Stating that exports continue to break records in addition to the production of fishery products, Atalay said, “Aquaculture exports increased 11 times in 19 years and exceeded 1 billion dollars. If we look at today’s calculations, I hope it will reach 1.3 billion this year.” said.
Poyrazköy Fishermen’s Cooperative President Davut Toker said that fishing is the fifth sector in Turkey and it contributes to 78 business lines and the country’s economy.
Toker stated that per capita fish consumption in Turkey is 6 kilograms per year, this figure is 24 kilograms in Europe and 70 kilograms in the world.
After the ceremony attended by Beykoz Mayor Murat Aydın, the fishermen will go to the sea, and will hunt all night long by throwing nets after the ban is over.
“May our seas be fertile and our nets full of fish, Vira Bismillah”
On the other hand, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya also shared on his social media account that the fishing ban ended at midnight, saying, “Fishing boats have been prepared. The nets have been repaired. The final preparations have been completed. The fishing ban, which started on April 15, ends at 00:00 tonight. May our seas be fertile and our nets full of fish, Vira Bismillah.” used his statements.
. (HAS) is published on the Anadolu Agency website, in summary. ..