Antalya Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry Fisheries and Fisheries Branch Manager Gürsel Coşkun said that 1,500 spotted pufferfish were caught and withdrawn from the waters in 5 days.
Purchasing of puffer fish has started in Antalya as part of the “Supporting Balloon Fishing and Bringing Lionfish to Consumption” project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Fisheries and Fisheries.
Within the scope of the application, which came into force after being published in the Official Gazette, fishermen will be paid for the puffer fish they catch. Fishermen will be paid 5 TL for lagocephalus sceleratus (spotted) and 50 kuruş for other species.
Gürsel Coşkun, Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry, made statements about the purchase and destruction of puffer fish. Reminding that the puffer fish, which is among the invasive species, enters Turkish waters through the Suez Canal, Coşkun underlined that this fish harms the aquatic biodiversity in the seas and the fishing gear of the fishermen.
5 LIRA FOR SPOTTED
Reminding that 8 species of puffer fish made support payments only to “lagocephalus sceleratus” last year, Coşkun said, “This year, support payments will be made for 7 other species. Last year, we were paying 5 lira for each of the lagocephalus sceleratus species, also known as spotted among the people, we were only buying tails. This year, a payment of 5 liras will be made for the spotted species and 50 kuruş for the other 7 species. A 3-year grant will be provided. This time we get the whole fish,” he said.
“180 THOUSAND LIRA PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE”
Stating that the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry aims to increase the fish population that can be consumed in the seas with the purchase of puffer fish, Coşkun said, “The purchase will continue for 3 years. At the end of each year, our fishermen will receive their support rights.” Coşkun stated that they bought 36 thousand spotted puffer fish tails made in Antalya last December and that 180 thousand liras were paid.
“I WAS BUYING A THOUSAND 500”
Gürsel Coşkun, who stated that they have started to buy fish for the new season within the scope of the project, said, “At the moment, although our fishermen have difficulties in sailing due to the adverse wind and hot weather, there is interest. Our fishermen have delivered 1,500 pieces of lagocephalus sceleratus, each of which is 5 lira, and around 150 other species so far. We take delivery of puffer fish from 16 points in 11 districts in Antalya between 09.00 and 12.30 in the morning.” Coşkun stated that with the project, 16 million 500 thousand puffer fish species will be withdrawn from their seas in 3 years.
Expressing that they bought the puffer fish as a whole this period, Coşkun said, “This year, three alternatives were presented. One of them is the method of destruction with companies licensed by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the other is 10 miles (16 kilometers) for the Mediterranean Sea, 5 miles (8 kilometers) for the Aegean, and the other is the method of burying with caustic or lime, away from settlements and water resources, with municipal teams. destruction,” he said.
“DOES NOT DAMAGE WHILE WATCHING”
Stating that the poison of the puffer fish will not pass through any contact or bite, Gürsel Coşkun stated that as long as the meat is not eaten, there will be no poisoning. Coşkun added that there is no question of the blowfish attacking people directly while walking in the water.
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