Brain Bush’s Blog

St. Peter's Fish

  • By : Brian Bush
  • May 25, 2010
  • 1:40 pm

Hi Everyone,

Well… it's a very tough measure – but apparently necessary, as Israel has now imposed a two year ban on fishing upon the Sea of Galilee.

The freshwater lake has provided it's so called St. Peter's fish for over the millennia. Early travel writers to the Holy Land wrote about the abundant stocks of fish in the lake.

Nobody is quite sure how that particular fish got there – but what is known is that a few years ago they were netting a few hundred tons – now the latest figure is eight tons and that's got everybody worried about fish stocks.

Officials say it is mostly due to chronic over fishing, and we all have heard of the diminishing water supply, and the rise in pollutants – but whatever the reason this has taken many people aback as the stocks are obviously severely depleted.

Some people point to bird life being partly to blame, but most dismiss that claim as the birds themselves are down in numbers. The hard human reality is, with today's technology, and specially designed nets – the fish don't stand the chance to mature and progress life, let alone meet the demand for supply.

In Biblical times we know the lake had 12 harbors with all their support activities for the fishermen and their communities along the Galilee's shores. Capernaum, from where seven of Jesus' disciples came, was one of the larger and more significant towns.

For the large numbers of tourists the region has been enjoying, there is no threat to their St. Peter's fish lunch… the majority of fish has been coming from fish farms for years and will continue to do so.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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