Pelagic netting for Swordfish and Bluefin still happening in Italian waters

  • The EU banned drift nets in 2002 to protect Mediterranean wildlife and paid out compensation of 200 million Euros to the fishers. But for many of the recipients, the tuna and swordfish fisheries are far too lucrative. And so they are getting around the ban, with the help of the Mafia.


    There’s an article here from the Italian publication – in English – La Repubblica


    http://www.presseurop.eu/en/co…till-dragged-illegal-nets


    Nice to know how our taxes are wasted by Brussels bureaucrats!!

    Dave
    Honorary Life President
    Sportfishing Club of the British Isles

  • I talked with a lot of fisherman there. Some of them realy seems to fish with the so called "drift nets". I even have seen a lot of big trawlers(dont remember where they came from) that used to fish with "drift nets". It´s ridicolus to see what the european goverment is trying to do in case of protecting the enviorment....

  • It is common sense in especially the more southern parts of Italy to cheat all authorities.


    In the sense of fishermen there are no laws and they dont accept any orders from Rome or Bruxelles


    cu Lupo.....and thanks for the link

  • It is common sense in especially the more southern parts of Italy to cheat all authorities.


    .......


    Hi Lupo


    Perhaps it is just Italian vessels that are utilising those illegal drift nets BUT, given the very high prices achieved for Bluefin in International markets, there're a few more PIGS WITH THEIR SNOUTS IN THE TROUGH. (Sorry, a quaint old English expression but I'm sure its meaning is clear.)


    Current research, and there're some further articles on this link -


    http://www.pewtrusts.org/resou…arch.aspx?keyword=Bluefin


    suggests that tonneages close to 150% ABOVE current authorised quotas are being made and, of course, not declared. The view is that in most cases this is probably by legally registered vessels using permitted seine nets, those designed to ensnare whole shoals. Unfortunately the monitoring of catches being transferred to the sea cages, other than potential instances of corruption, is far from an exact science. And the view from ICAAT is that at least some of this operation has recently, in all probability, been conducted by EU registered vessels operating in spawning areas - when the fish aggregate tightly together - in Libyian waters.


    Here're a couple more links from the BBC's web site:


    Tuna fished 'illegally' during Libya conflict


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15597675


    Med Bluefin tuna catch 'unabated'


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15323370

    Dave
    Honorary Life President
    Sportfishing Club of the British Isles

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