The Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Production and Trade have issued a joint resolution to regulate industrial commercial fishing within Venezuela's territorial waters.

The resolution specifies the type of nets that can be used and the locations where fishing can be carried out. Fishermen must provide daily information about the results of their fishing.

The Ministry of the Environment has also proposed two new bills. They are the Bill for the Regulation of Water Supply and Sanitation Services and the Special Bill for the Regulation, Use, Handling, Transportation and Storage of Toxic and Hazardous Substances.

For further information on this topic please contact Maria Isabel Ponce or Angela C Antakly Heredia at Benson, Perez Matos, Antakly & Watts by telephone (+58 212 265 3801) or by fax (+58 212 265 9252) or by e-mail ([email protected] or [email protected]).

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