Essam Khalaf, Minister of Works, Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning, affirmed that permitting amateurs mariners to use all docking ports in Muharraq Governorate for the purpose of landing and lifting boats for fishing is inconsistent with the provisions of the regulation of maritime fishing ports issued in Resolution No. 8 of 2010.

He pointed out in an official letter that the Ministry's fishing ports are only for professional (licensed) Bahraini fishermen.

And that, for amateurs, they have other alternatives through private marine clubs, noting that they are outside the jurisdiction of the ministry with regard to providing parking docks for their boats.