Kuwait’s seawaters turning lethal, reseracher warns

March 14, 2010

Kuwait Fish Market - David Henderson

Polluted waters are turning ominously lethal and killing Kuwait’s fish, a researcher has warned.


Baheeja Bahbahani, chairperson of the educational environment committee at the Faculty of Education, told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that seawater tests have indicated high percentages of toxins that are likely to cause mass fish deaths in summer and urged the authorities to act promptly and take precautionary steps to reduce marine contamination. 

The shedding of wastewater into the sea has resulted in a rise in the rates of sulfur, ammonia, phosphate, and bacteria, she said. 

Another cause for grave concern is that the tests have also indicated a great drop in the oxygen percentages, a factor that could turn water distillation plants using sea water into a high human health risk. 

The wastewater from domestic water and industrial waste contains chemicals that are likely to cause a number of diseases, including Typhoid and cholera. 

According to Bahbahani, bacteria contaminate the sea creatures that might be eaten by humans in raw form like shellfish. 

There are also risks to the biodiversity and the negative impact on coral reefs, she said. 

“We call upon environmental and researches centers to follow precautionary measures like environmental monitoring. They can use the sea creatures as a sign of the pollution in the sea,” she said. 

According to Behbahani, environmental planning should be part of the comprehensive developing plan of the country.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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