The revised instructions for the “Regulation of Fishing in the Gulf of Aqaba 2020” have been issued. These instructions come to replace those of 2006. The need to update these instructions emerged as a natural consequence of many developments that have occurred in the fishing sector since 2006.
The updated instructions are a result of different consultative workshops completed in cooperation and support of the German Hanns Seidel Foundation in Jordan, the Royal Marine Conservation Society , the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and the Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan in which all the relevant partners and official and private institutions discussed the prospective amendments. The consultative workshops made a situational analysis of the existing fishing sector and the different challenges faced by the stakeholders. The regulation has been issued and published in the Official Gazette in April 2020.
The fishing sector, while having an impact on biodiversity both above and below water, is one of the sectors subject to various environmental and economic challenges such as the expansion of investment projects, tourism, the closure of beaches for special reasons, etc. To support this sector a review of the Environmental legislation must be considered seriously and it is necessary to overcome barriers to preserve the marine environment and fisheries in particular, as well as the stability of the concept of protecting the marine environment and achieving sustainable development goals.
The project focused on reviewing Aqaba Fisheries Regulation Instructions No. (G / 5) for the year 2006 with the objective of updating it to better suit the different sectors. The Instructions were originally issued 15 years ago within the Ministry of Agriculture Law No. 44 of 2002. The law was updated in 2015 to become the Agriculture Law No. 13 of 2015, with no changes to the Aqaba Fisheries Regulation Instructions.