The kingdom plans to ban some fish species, including carp, in the kingdom’s waters in an effort to protect marine life, according to a report by Al Jazeera.
Saudi Arabia plans to impose a ban on the importation of carp, which has been implicated in the deaths of several Saudi nationals.
The report cites the Saudi Environment Ministry, which states that the carp was found to be a risk to marine life in the Gulf of Oman and the Gulf Stream.
The ministry cited studies and research conducted by the National Scientific and Technological Research Center of the Saudi Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MORST) that concluded that carp were a threat to marine organisms and the environment.
The ministry also said that carp have been detected in water supplies in the Kingdom.
However, according the report, the ministry does not know the exact numbers of fish that are exported from Saudi Arabia to other countries and the extent of their consumption.
Aquaculture, an alternative form of food production, was banned by the government of Saudi Arabia in 2009.
Saudi officials have said the ban is aimed at protecting the fish industry from human and environmental impacts and has been met with strong opposition.
The kingdom banned fish exports from February of that year, and its importation from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.