Vidal is being accused by the American Justice Department for several alleged illegal fish importation offences, fraud, misrepresentation and the obstruction of justice. But he has been also sought by authorities in Australia and New Zeland.
Oceana has also called for a ban on the use of rockhopper gear, an artefact which, when attached to the underside of fishing gear, penetrates rocky and coralline ecosystems and causes serious damage.
The fine, 57 million euros, will be repeated every six months until France fulfils her obligations.
Phosphoric acid (H3PO4) is harmful to marine life, even in small quantities. The main risk is the change in pH it causes, which can lead to...
A similar proposal was blocked by France and Italy at the European Union so it is hoped that the measure taken by the Spanish government will spark off a reaction in other European countries.
The marine protection organisation appeals to the fishing sector to isolate and expel those who bring their activities into disrepute.
The negotiations on fishing quotas for 2006 will take place during the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels on 20-21 December.