Heatwave keeps Qatar fishermen home amid concerns about dwindling fish supply

June 22, 2010

The sweltering heat gripping Qatar has forced several fishermen, especially ‘solo’ boat operators, to stay indoors.

A representative of a fishermen’s group in Ruweis said that it was the first time in recent years that intense heat has forced “solo” boat operators in large numbers not to go to work.

“This time the hot spell seems to last longer than in the previous years,” said a fisherman.

Usually, such severe heat conditions set in by mid July and last until the end of August. “However, our problems seem to have started at least one month earlier than usual,” Francis Selvaraj, a member of a Ruweis-based fishermen’s group, said.

Out of the nearly 120 “solo” boats, less than 20 have put out to sea in recent days and the lack of work has caused several foreign fishermen to travel home.

A senior member of the fishermen’s community in Al Khor said several fishermen have not worked since Wednesday.

“The temperature has been steadily rising since last week and the last five days have been really miserable for most fishermen,” he said.

A major fall in fish supply is increasingly becoming inevitable. 



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • 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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