Slippery slope for eel catchers

LAST UPDATED: 17 Nov, 2010 @ 12:58
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Slippery slope for eel catchers

FISHERMAN caught with Guadalquivir’s eel face 60,000 euro fine under new conservation laws.

Following pressure from the EU, the Junta has outlawed eel fishing in the Cadiz Bay for the next decade.

Fishing limits in the area have been in place for over 30 years but poor enforcement and irresponsible trawling have pushed the specie to the brink of extinction.

Scientists believe eel headcount fell 98% since the 80s.

Local fishermen have called the ban ‘radical’ and claim it will prevent them from catching other fish with their nets.

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