Swordfish

The swordfish is an iconic, fast and peculiar predator of the Mediterranean.  Its fishery contributes significantly to the socio-economic activity in this region, with prices reaching up to €24 per kilo when sold fresh.

However, the fishery’s stock is in an alarming condition. Intense and unregulated fishing pressures over the last three decades have led this species to a dire situation in the Mediterranean Sea with few chances to recover.

Oceana is calling on the EU and all the Mediterranean countries to take a firm stance in halting the overfishing of this special species enabling it to be restored through a recovery plan.

Infographic: How the EU is depleting mediterranean swordfish

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Press Releases

Oceana ICCAT kills conservation os sharks and swordfish; keeps bluefin tuna alive

Oceana reveals European Commission documents proving illegal fishing of Mediterranean swordfish

A plea for Mediterranean swordfish

Oceana exposes illegal driftnet fisheries while Italy denies it

Oceana reveals illegal drifnet fishing in Morocco

Oceana Applauds ICCAT desision to protect vulnerable silky sharks

Oceana seeks protection for sharks and swordfish at ICCAT meeting in Turkey

List of vessels authorized to catch swordfish riddled with inconsistecies and unrealistic numbers; hinders enforceable management measure

ICCAT says "I can't"

Oceana warns that political inactions is seriously threatening Atlantic bluefin tuna and sharks populations

Oceana urges EU to make strong lead at ICCAT to ensure the future of endangered species

Oceana calls for a definitive end of italian driftnets

An Oceana and Marviva report proves the need to protect bluefin tuna spawning areas in the Mediterranean

Overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction are threatening European Seas

Oceana calls for swordfish management before it is too late

Oceana calls for immediate protection of large pelagic fish in the Atlantic and Mediterranean

Morocco promotes the plan to eliminate driftnets from their fleet

Hundreds of tons of swordfish caught illegally by Morocco are sold in Spain

One hundred fifty morrocan driftnetters fish illegally in the Alboran Sea and the Straits of Gibraltar

Blogs

At the premiere of Sea Legend: United against the decline of the great fish

It's time to protect Mediterranean swordfish

The one glorious swordfish

Reports

2008

Adrift! Swordfish and driftnets in the Mediterranean Sea

2010

Mediterranean Swordfish. The prevalent lack of management in Mediterranean ICCAT fisheries

2011

Oceana recommendations for a sustainable management framework for Mediterranean swordfish

Oceana Recommendations for an effective management framework for Mediterranean swordfish under ICCAT

Oceana recommendations for a sustainable management framework for mediterranean swordfish

2014

Vanishing predators