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Egyptian Fish Farms Plans May Bring Trouble

05 February 2009

EGYPT - The northern Egyptian governorate of Kafr Al-Sheikh is planning to establish fish farms in northern parts of Lake Burullus, but a local NGO says the farms would threaten the environment and the livelihoods of local fishermen.

"We know their intentions are good. They want to create job opportunities for young people, but the negative impact of such a project on the lake and the fishermen was not considered," Mohamed Al-Feky, chairman of the General Aquatic Resources’ Cooperatives Union (GARCU), a local NGO, told IRIN from his office in Cairo.

According to IRIN the suggested area of the farms is 772.8 hectares. "The project is designed to help local people," said Zakaria Abu Omar, a project consultant in the governorate. "When executed, the project will increase fish production, improve the income of the people and create job opportunities."

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