Soft conditions to compensate and support Saudi fishermen


The Ministry of Environment and Water has set soft conditions to compensate and support Saudi fishermen as a result of stopping work due to external conditions, such as: strong winds, high waves, and during naval military maneuvers.

The applicant must be of Saudi origin and hold a hunting license (craftsman) and not hold a job in the public or private sector. The age of the applicant should not be less than eighteen years, and the total monthly income should not exceed 9 thousand riyals.

This came in light of the ministry’s recent initiatives to support the fisheries and agricultural sectors, which leads to improving and enhancing the standard of life, and thus achieving the food security that the ministry aspires to.

According to recent data from the General Authority for Statistics, the number of workers in fishing activities in the Kingdom during the first quarter of this year reached 106,300, including 16,434 Saudis. The Ministry of Environment’s unified portal indicated that the compensation will be for each day in which fishing was prohibited, and the ministry did not specify the amount that the beneficiary would be compensated for through its website.

The volume of Saudi fisheries exports reached 45,000 tons last year, to more than 35 countries, most notably China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Japan, Australia, Singapore and South Korea.

The fisheries sector has adopted a number of distinct marine areas to improve investment opportunities in aquaculture, noting the availability of 15 distinctive coastal sites ready for investment. The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture stated that the Reef Program aims to improve the rural agricultural sector, raise the standard of living of small farmers, increase efficiency and productivity, and improve the lifestyle.

Supporting Saudi fishermen 1,000 Saudi fishermen

16 thousand tons of fish exports last year

45 thousand riyals maximum for the total support

3 Obtaining a fishing license

54 Programs Maximum Support

Obtaining a fishing license

Not holding any job in the public and private sectors

Do not own more than one boat

Not to be sponsored by any foreign fishing worker.

The monthly income does not exceed 9 thousand riyals

Raise a request for compensation or support on the electronic platform

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