Fisket i Gennesaretsjøen er nemnt fleire gonger i NT. Fleire av Jesu disiplar var i utgangspunktet fiskarar her. Men også i vår tid er det eit omfattande fiske i sjøen. Nå viser det seg at fiskebestanden er minkande og det er økologiske utfordringar knytt til dette fisket.
Bildet viser fiskarar som ligg til kaia i kibbutzen Ein Gev på austsida av Gennesaretsjøen.
Arutz Sheva skriv i dag (24.01.2010) at den israelske landbruksministeren har foreslått å stoppa fisket i sjøen for ein periode på to år:
Minister of Agriculture Shalom Simchon has announced a ban on all fishing in the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) for two years. The ban also extends to the part of the Jordan River that empties into the Sea of Galilee, and to all the other rivers that empty into the famous lake.
Simchon explained that according to Agriculture Ministry statistics, the quantity of fish in the Sea of Galilee has plummeted in the past decade, and especially in the last two years, by tens of percentage points annually. It has now reached a critical level, he said, and these statistics mean that the sea may be facing an ecological disaster in which all its fish would die out.
Simchon added that the ban on fishing is necessary, because it is both in the public’s interest and that of the fishermen that the Sea of Galilee be kept from turning into a fishless sea. However, the Ministry of Agriculture said that it realized that the fishermen would be bound to protest the move.