Dateline 19th March 2012.
On February 22nd 2012 Order (1) of 2012 was signed into law by HH Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Khalifa. The new law prohibits all and any targeted fishing for the Green Sawfish (Pristis zijsron) in Bahraini waters. Fishermen are required to
- Return any bycatch specimens
- Report landings/captures referencing date and location
The law is directed under the auspices of the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife.
In April 2010 SCS commenced discussions with the Bahraini government and were invited to make a proposal regarding protection for the Green Sawfish. The new law is a result of the Society's proposals, and the Society congratulates the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain on passing this important legislation.