Lebsha fishing in Lake Burullus (Egypt) – an effective practice but unfortunately illegal

Photo credit: Magd Al-Bawaab (Egypt)

Description: Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)


In this briefing I try to describe how some fishermen are practicing this “Lebsha fishing” in Lake Burullus, Egypt and hence I am not discussing the ill-legality of the said practice.

In this method, fishermen brings in a biomass of water hyacinth –which is already there in the lake- and place it in a chosen spot which is believed a good fishing place. According to fishermen’s experience, fish will be attracted to the water hyacinth zone as they enjoy the shelter and continue to grow. Fish would enjoy a free access for a period of time as determined by the fishermen’s who confine the chosen area using nets of appropriate mesh that retains the target size of fish inside. Afterwards, the water hyacinth is moved outside the enclosed zone and fish retained inside are captured and the same process is repeated again and again.

Lebsha fishing in Burullus (02) Lebsha fishing in Burullus (01)



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