Today’s Official State Gazette (BOE) announces the protection from trawling of the coralligenous and rhodolith seabeds of the summits of Ausias March and Emile Baudot, two seamounts in the channel of Mallorca, and the Fort d’en Moreu, a coralligenous reef
Ten Member States will be penalized with a deduction of 21286 tonnes in their quota.
In 2006, trawling over coral and maerl beds was banned, but this aggressive type of fishing is still carried out with impunity.
Using underwater equipment, scientists will film the Mallorca Channel and the Fort d’en Moreu for ten days.
As EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki calls to reenergise the sanctuary, Oceana urges for the adequate management of all MPAs in the Mediterranean sea.
The Ministry of Industry has not made any response since Oceana first requested information regarding Cairn’s permits in February this year.
When the ten areas included in the LIFE+ INDEMARES project have been declared as protected areas, Spain will have protected 5% of its seas.