Diving activities in all areas of the Red Sea governorate resumed from Saturday after a two-week suspension due to a shark attack that killed two foreigners while diving in Sahl Hasheesh, it said. the Governor of the Red Sea, Amr Hanafy.
Trainee divers are excluded from the decision to resume as they are only allowed to dive in sandy areas away from coral reefs.
The decision allowed the return of snorkeling activities to the coastal area stretching from northern Dasha al-Dabaa to Ras Abu Soma in the south.
Snorkeling is completely prohibited on the coral reefs alone and must be done in a group and under the direct guidance of a licensed snorkeling guide.
Water sports are allowed, with the exception of towed buoy activity, according to the decision.
The Red Sea governor’s decision allowed the use of sandy beaches in the no-go zone, down to depths not exceeding two meters, under the supervision of qualified lifeguards, while continuing to ban fishing along the Red Sea coast during the times of the year indicated by the General authority for the development of fisheries resources to preserve fish in the Red Sea.
The ban included all types of recreational fishing by pleasure craft, both paid and private, and prohibited the presence of fishing gear on such craft.
The Red Sea Governor’s decision required all hotels and dive centers along the Red Sea coast to appoint a sufficient number of qualified lifeguards.
A committee of specialists from the Red Sea Reserves and the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) has been formed to investigate a shark attack involving two female surface swimmers in the area facing the resort town of Sahl Hasheesh, south of Hurghada.
The report recommended urgent and long-term measures to prevent any future shark attacks, the main one being the prohibition of fishing activities and the authorization to use the sandy beaches and lagoons of the Red Sea.
Hotels and resorts in Marsa Alam, south of the Red Sea, are experiencing a tourism boom for tourists from around 12 European countries, including the Czech Republic, Poland and Italy.
Marsa Alam International Airport received 108 different European tourist flights this week.
Inbound flight operating schedules showed the airport received 108 flights from 12 European countries and eight domestic flights.