‘Italy and France are using illegal driftnets’

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The international marine conservation organisation, Oceana claims it has evidence documenting 71 Italian and 37 French illegal driftnetters as they were carrying out fishing activities or preparing to leave port.

Oceana has presented reports to ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black and Mediterranean Seas and Contiguous Atlantic Area).

Furthermore it says it has presented evidence of fraud regarding European subsidies and illegal marketing of tuna and swordfish, as well as incidental bycatch of cetaceans, sea turtles and sharks.

Maria Jos