As usual, the truth is a bit different.
In fact, the entire Mediterranean has seen a marked downturn in the number of fish available. The main reason is simple - overfishing.
Traditionally, most fish have been caught within one mile of shore. Overfishing and bottom-trawling have turned large parts of the Mediterranean into virtual deserts, as the fishing methods used smooth out the natural spots for fish to lay eggs. After mature fish disappear from an ecosystem, overfishinggoes after the young fish and further disrupt the ability to naturally restock.
In Gaza, the number of fishermen are not regulated and thousands of boats are engaged in destroying the fishing ecosystem.
In other words, the reason that the fish supply in Gaza is so low is because Gaza fishermen are depleting the supply much faster than they can be replenished. This has nothing to do with Israel and it is a problem throughout the region.
Gaza has an additional problem in that raw sewage is being poured into the sea, which also destroys fish.
NGO bias against Israel ensures that they will ignore the actual biological facts about the Mediterranean and instead blame Israel, as always. The irony is that a smart fishing policy could, over years, help bring biodiversity - and fish - back to the coast of Gaza. But instead, these NGOs who could be helping find a solution are instead trying to ensure that the few fish remaining will disappear altogether - a very real prospect - because they would rather blame Israel than help fix the real underlying problem.
There is another unreported angle to this story. Israel is helping keep Gaza supplied with fish.
|A fish farm in Gaza|
While the haters love to charge Israel with arbitrarily and capriciously destroying Gaza's fish supply, the truth is quite different.