Hopes dading quickly for Turkey's fishermen

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Added On September 10, 2017

Fishing is the sole source of income for most residents in northern Istanbul.

 
Fishermen usually should have been busy on the sea in September as the fishing season just began.
 
However, in instead of sailing out, they prefer to wait for more fish to enter the sea.
 
Find out why.
 
After five months of ban on fishing, fishermen in Rumeli Kavagi town set sail again last week with high hopes. 
 
The town is located at the northern mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait linking the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea.
 
First they were cheerful when they caught some mackerel 40 years after this species almost disappeared from the Black and Marmara Seas.
 
It's a sign they took as an abundance of others.
 
Yet, their happiness did not last long.
 
Their disappointment resulted from the sharp decline in fish stocks due to overfishing.
 
The abundance in mackerel in the first week ended quickly, and a kilo of mackerel now costs as much as 12 U.S. dollars, against expected dramatic drop in price in a fruitful season.
 
The same was true for other species. 
 
Fishermen are blaming the scarcity on too many boats equipped with electronics, illegal netting and overfishing.
 
Some think that the use of sonar and other electronics should be allowed only in open seas and oceans, but not in inland seas like the Black and Marmara Seas.
 
Turkey's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock reported about over 85,000 inspections in 2016.
 
It led to a total of 2 million dollars in administrative fine on those engaged in illegal fishing and confiscation of more than 750 tons of sea products.