Yemen’s tuna canneries in danger of collapse

Sana’a Yemen’s Arabian Sea production of tuna has reached rock bottom, having serious reverberations in the fish industry, long regarded as the backbone of the country’s economy.

The industry generates thousands of jobs for fishermen and those working in the canneries, but it is in danger of collapse as the tuna catch continues to fall sharply. 

According to annual production figures given to Gulf News by the Hadramout’s provincial office in the Ministry of Fishery, the fish catch in general and tuna in particular started to go down in 2005 when the annual tuna catch fell from 46,228 in 2004 to 29,973 in 2005. 

At the beginning, the sharp decrease of production was not given much attention and many people thought the decrease could be attributed to the implications of the tsunami in 2004. 

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