The European Court of Justice refuses to grant this fleet a temporary exemption to permit the use of driftnets. Oceana has reported the French fleet on numerous occasions for using this illegal fishing gear in the Mediterranean, which operated with suppo
Oceana highlights European catches of threatened sharks and rays as it submits its official comments to the European Commission on a new shark management plan.
The Emile Baudot escarpment, south of the Balearic Islands, has shown its face for the first time thanks to Oceana’s underwater robot.
In its campaign to end the use of shark squalene, Oceana has received news that the multinational will stop using this product in early 2008, joining other European cosmetic companies that have already done so.
In a press release, the French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Michel Barnier, has raised the possibility of a conversion of the illegal French driftnet fleet which operates in the Mediterranean to other fishing gear.
President Sarkozy's comments show a misguided and kneejerk political reaction to fishermen's demands and a lack of understanding of the challenge facing European fisheries.
In 2007, 40% of the fleet of driftnetters in the Baltic was still operating.