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Restricted by Israeli boats, Gaza resorts to fish farms

Israel prevents Gaza’s fishermen from going too far from shore to fish pushing consumers to buy from fish farms at lower prices.
Palestinian fishermen pull their net at the beach in Gaza City January 10, 2015. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS) - RTR4KTRJ
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A project by private funders and supervised by the local authorities is setting up fish farms in the Gaza Strip in an attempt to meet Gazans' demand for fish. Gaza’s entire western border is on the Mediterranean Sea, but it lacks fish such as bream and mullet because of Israeli restrictions on fishermen.

At Gaza’s main fish market, al-Hisba, west of Gaza City, small piles of fish are dispersed. But some fish that are in season early April until the end of May, such as sardines, are absent.

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