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29 Jun2021

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STOP Catch and release

Author: Hepca

Can we use the catch and release as a sustainable way for recreational fisheries?

There’s a brand new trend for recreational fishing activities known as catch and release along the Red Sea coast and many promotional campaigns are aiding this part and support this action. As our main concern is conservation and caring for the Red sea, we raise a red flag to stop this action, As catch and release action will affect fishes in those terms:

- Increasing the chance of mortality

- Behavioral changes: fishes become more vulnerable to predation.

- Physiological changes: happened because fishes are coming into gears

This activity happened with some of the fishes that live in the Red sea especially the benthic ones as groupers, emperor fishes, and snappers. As when got on the catch status their air bladder will be affected due to the pressure difference and then they will lose the ability to swim and live normally again.

10 Apr2021

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Saving sea turtles!!

Author: Hepca

On Abu Ramad, A man rescues any sea turtle that is stranded and finds it hard to come again to the coast. The reporter says that Qebary is regularly doing this action, which wasn’t the first time to do so. 

From our side, we would like to send applause to people who are taking any action to save our wildlife. 

Also, it would be great to highlight that we should carry out individual actions such as: 

  • reducing marine debris, 

  • participating in beach cleanups, 

  • using reusable bags and bottles, 

  • and keeping turtle nesting sites safe.

 

Finally, HEPCA encourages everyone to take good care of the Red sea and help us on the Red sea watch program to record violations and spot good actions that could help us apply for the community-based environmental monitoring programs in the long term. 

 

01 Mar2021

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Increasing turtle species exploitation in the Red sea!

Author: Hepca

There are two dead turtles with no carapace we found in different places in Hurghada, these bullets show the news report statement: 

  • In the past few days, we received a report about a dead marine turtle on one of Hurghada's beaches. The dead turtle was found with no carapace, and it's the second time to find a turtle with no carapace in a month.

  • A marine turtle founded with a fractured brain, the carapace is removed and torn tail near Sachawa Abu Galawa. It could be a captive bolt or fishing gear that affects it and cause rapid unconsciousness and death through the destruction of the brain.

Summarizing what happened in the first of 2021, there’s an attack on marine turtles where they found with removed carapace and this signifies that we should highlight the laws and regulations that Egypt has signed on. As per the Environmental agreements that Egypt signed and national laws that state article 28 at 1984 "hunting, killing or catching wildlife animals to sell or move or transform is prohibited and the fine is ranging from 5000 to 50000 LE or confinement. 

 

HEPCA calls out to make a formal investigation regarding this matter with the ministry of environment, a marine protected area in the Red sea, and scientific bodies. To ensure taking proper actions and build a conservation plan related to this matter.

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