28 October 2009

Illegal driftnetting still a plague in the Mediterranean Sea

OCEANA recently presented a comprehensive and convincing proof on the continued use of illegal driftnets in the Mediterranean and demanded their complete elimination.

Oceana documented 92 Italian vessels in 2008 with driftnets on board, of which 80% had already been identified in previous years.

The European Court of Justice is expected to sentence Italy for the continued use of this illegal fishing gear.

Download the Oceana report on swordfish and driftnets in the Mediterranean (13.1 Mb)

Action brought on 10 June 2008 — Commission of the European Communities vs Italian Republic

Photo credit: Oceana / Juan Cuetos

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