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Bahrain Dhows wire traps demersal fishes fishery - Gulf Bahraini waters (20 - 40 m)
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Bahrain Dhows wire traps demersal fishes fishery - Gulf Bahraini waters (20 - 40 m)
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Location of Bahrain Dhows wire traps demersal fishes fishery - Gulf Bahraini waters (20 - 40 m)

Geographic reference:  Bahrain
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2014
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Barriers, fences, weirs, etc.
Type of production system: Artisanal
Fishery Area: Bahraini gulf waters (20 - 40 m); Gulf subarea; Bahrain

Seasonality: All year

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Siganidae; Emperors(=Scavengers) nei; Porgies, seabreams nei …  

Means of Production
Vessel Type:
Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of vessels
Employment: Number of fishermen
Production: Landed Volume; Catch; Marketing value…

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Artisanal   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Bottom type: Soft bottom with gravel; Hard bottom.   Depth zone: Coastal (0 m - 50 m).   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Non-Coastal, depth 20-40 m with limestone, rocks bottom and on coral reefs 

Geo References for: Bahraini gulf waters (20 - 40 m)
Fishing Gear
Barriers, fences, weirs, etc.
Large wire cage traps (radius 3.5 m) 
Vessel Type

Flag State

Dhows: Fiberglass boat, inboard engine, size 12-18 m.

Catch Handling and Processing Equipment
5 to 7 fishermen / foreigners (2009)
Fleet segment
All year
Muharraq pier
Trip Duration
Five days
Fisherfolks Community
Total Bahraini fishermen and their family (2009): 902
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 82vessels2009
Number of vessels 100vessels2012
Number of vessels 74vessels2013
Number of vessels 144vessels2014
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 492+82 [Crew of foreigners + Bahraini Owners]Persons2009
ProductionLanded Volume 760metric tonnes2009
Catch 1 488tonnes2012
Catch 1 289tonnes2013
Catch 953tonnes2014
Marketing value [1 BD = US $ 2.66]0.577Million BD2009
Post Harvest
Manama Central Market
Management unit: No

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Public Commission for The Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wild Life. General Directorate for the Protection of Marine
Mandate: Management.  
Area under national jurisdiction: Bahrain
Maritime Area: Exclusive Economic Zone Areas (EEZ).  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Conservation and management measure with focus on Effort control - Binding

  • Vessel-related measures
Source of Information
Information provided by the Ministry of Muncipalities and Agriculture Affairs of Bahrain. September 2022.
FAO. 2022. Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Data Workshop series: Minimum Data Reporting Regional Database, RECOFI-FIRMS stocks and fisheries inventories, and SDG Indicator 14.4.1: proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels. Doha, Qatar. 25-29 September 2022.  Click to open
Annual Fishery Statistics Report No 95. Fishery Resources in kingdom of Bahrain 2009. Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources and Wild Life. General Directorate for the Protection of Marine Resources. Directorate of Marine Resources. Fisheries Assessment Section. Kingdom of Bahrain, A. Al Radhi, N. Alsaffar, N. Hermis, A. Abdulla, S. Ahmed, Photographer H. Bader. P 82.
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