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August 30, 2017 11:28 am

New Kayak Unit Will Help Protect Israeli Maritime Nature Reserves

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Nature in Israel. Photo: Israel Nature & Heritage Foundation.

JNS.org – The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has trained its rangers in the use of kayaks to patrol and enforce environmental protection in the country’s maritime nature reserves.

As part of its initiative to improve its maritime oversight, the INPA purchased several kayaks.
Yigal Ben-Ari, the director of the INPA’s maritime affairs, noted, “Kayaks, unlike motorized boats which we will also use, have obvious and significant advantages in that they are quiet, nonpolluting, more economical and essentially more ecological. In addition, they are also good for coming into contact with fisherman and divers in far safer manner.”

The INPA noted that while the general public is forbidden from using motorized boats at the country’s maritime reserves, kayaks are allowed to be used for supervision and enforcement purposes.

The kayak program is still in the pilot phase and will be expanded in accordance with its success.
Among the threats posed to Israel’s maritime nature reserves are overfishing, pollution, the construction of maritime infrastructure, the introduction of invasive species and global atmospheric changes.

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