The international marine conservation organisation, Oceana, has announced that the Italian State Attorney General (l’Avvocatura dello Stato italiano) has modified its position and now considers it illegal to have the driftnets known as “spadare” on board,
Oceana presents a report analyzing the activities of hundreds of Moroccan fishing vessels operating in the Alboran Sea and the Straits of Gibraltar and using driftnets banned by the United Nations.
For another year quotas agreed at the Fisheries Council are disastrous and with scant regard for the long term conservation of fish stocks.
Germany wins EU blessing to propose spiny dogfish and porbeagle sharks for listing under CITES
EU countries once again turn a deaf ear to scientific advice and ask for excessive fishing quotas.
Spain’s support is crucial in the European Union’s decision in December on a proposal to add two shark species to the CITES list for regulating trade in threatened species.
Oceana warns that this fishery urgently needs consistent and effective management measures, due to the damage it causes to sharks and other deep-sea species.