CAIRO: The Egyptian government will allocate 50 acres nearby Aswan’s Nasser Lake to establish a crocodile farm, Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy told Youm7 Wednesday.
The establishment of the farm aims to trade crocodile skin after the number of crocodiles in the man-made Lake increased, the Minister added.
The ministry will launch this project with the National Company for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Fahmy continued , noting that Egypt will seek expertise from African countries in breeding and raising the crocodiles.
The Egyptian ministry has also sent the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) a letter to get a license for crocodile trade, the Minister said.
The government will not hunt or take crocodiles that already live in the Lake where the fishery has been banned according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Egypt signed, said Billy Hatab, technical office manager in Conservation of Nature Department at the Ministry. The ministry will collect some crocodile eggs from the Lake for hatching them in the new farm, Hatab added.
State-owned al-Ahram newspaper reported in September 2013 that the number of crocodiles in the Lake, which was made after the construction of the High Dam in 1970, has declined due to illegal overfishing since the January 25 Uprising in 2011.