A quote from the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, June 2005:
- The Government has issued a formal decision approving the new outline plan relating to development and protection of the Red Sea shoreline, after five years of repeated delays. IUED has partnered other enviornmental organizations in campaigning for a speedy resolution to the major stumbling block that has prevented planning authorities from adopting the outline plan: the fate of several offshore fish farms that are a significant source of pollution and degradation of Eilat's unique coral reefs.
- While IUED welcomes the long-awaited approval of the outline plan, we are disappointed that the government has chosen to ignore the recommendation of the National Planning & Building Committee in December 2004 to remove fish farms from the Red Sea within 14 months. The government has agreed to a three year transition period for the winding down and removal of the mariculture industry from the Red Sea, during which further ecological damage will occur.