EUROPE has rejected Gibraltar’s appeal to ban local fishing.
Gibraltar officials had proposed a ban on fisherman using nets to fish around the Rock, with the purported goal of preserving native wildlife.
According to a spokesperson from the European Court of Justice, the decision is ‘final’ and not open to appeal.
The court in Luxembourg had already rejected Gibraltar’s first appeal, made back in May 2011, against the European Commission’s decision to classify the marine area called the ‘Western Strait’ as protected Spanish territory.
Britain had supported the appeal on the basis that the inscribed zone included a British natural habitat already registered by the UK.
Despite continued protest from Gibraltar officials, the European Commission has stood firmly by the ruling and said it hopes Spain and Britain will work in collaboration going forward.