Environmental agencies call for a crackdown on illegal fishing in the Mediterranean

91% of the Med is now heavily overfished

LAST UPDATED: 16 Apr, 2015 @ 10:42

Commercial Pollack FishingENVIRONMENTAL agencies are calling for an international crackdown on illegal fishing in the Mediterranean.

A massive 91% of the Med is now heavily overfished – most of which is illegal – according to the European Commission.

Illegal drift nets, longlines and dynamite fishing are the main concerns, identified by environmental organisation The Black Fish as a ‘non-stop problem’.

Overfishing leads to many of the ocean’s animals being killed in the process known as ‘by catch’, such as seabirds, turtles, whales and dolphins, that are accidentally drowned as a result of illegal fishing methods.

Subscribe: Olive Press news to your inbox


The Olive Press are not responsible and do not moderate individual comments before they are posted. Anyone who uses racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic language or hate speech will be blocked.
  1. So why does the Guardia Civil interfere in fisheries protection operations outside Spain? Can only think they condone illegal fishing.