Gaza Offshore Fishing Zone Extended 2 Weeks

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israeli authorities announced on Monday that the expanded fishing zone off the coast of Gaza will be extended for an additional two weeks, after it was determined that the Palestinians were in compliance with security restrictions.

Last month, Israel permitted the Gaza fisherman to go 9 miles out to sea, rather than the normal limit of 6 miles, to accommodate the needs of the May–June fishing season, which is important to the local economy.

Fishing is the second-biggest income-earner in the coastal territory, generating 6 million shekels ($1.7 million) each year, and the zone extension is expected to allow fishermen to increase that figure by an additional NIS 1 million ($280,000), the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), said in a statement.