Oceana welcomes the new measures for the Strait of Sicily, since more than 60% of the total catch of deep-water rose shrimp in the Mediterranean Sea comes from this region and the stock is overfished.
A silica reef built by ‘rock’ sponges, similar to those that existed 150 million years ago, has been found between Valencia and the Balearic Islands and is threatened by plans to prospect for hydrocarbons in the area.
With 91% of Mediterranean stocks overexploited, recovery measures based on scientific advice are urgently needed.
None of the marine habitats assessed by the EU in the Atlantic, Baltic or Mediterranean Sea are found to be in good condition.
Fishing is the greatest threat to marine habitats and species, but is still poorly managed inside many marine Natura 2000 sites.
The European Parliament has supported an ambitious Baltic multiannual plan and sets a strong cornerstone for future generations of management plans in other regions.
The contamination could affect important species including sardines, menhaden and tuna