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NGO: Illegal fishing potentially rife in the Mediterranean by Jason Holland July 16,2019   |  Source: SeafoodSource

Many potential cases of illegal, unreported, and poorly regulated fishing in the waters of the Mediterranean are to be put before the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) when it meets this week in Tirana, Albania.

Based on the Global Fishing Watch detection algorithm and examined data from throughout 2018, ocean conservation organization Oceana identified more than 28,000 hours of apparent fishing inside protected areas of the Mediterranean Sea, which it is calling “the world’s most overfished sea.”

The most concerning case relates to more than 14,000 hours of apparent fishing by 56 bottom trawling vessels in three fisheries restricted areas (FRAs) in the Strait of Sicily. Oceana explained that since 2017, trawling has been prohibited in these areas which serve as nursery grounds for young hake – “the most overfished species in the Mediterranean” – and deep-water rose shrimp.

“Less than 1 percent of the Mediterranean Sea is protected by fisheries restricted areas, roughly the size of Sicily – yet vessels from some Mediterranean states are apparently involved in illegal fishing in these areas. Data shows that with better enforcement in place, for example in the Adriatic Sea fisheries restricted area, the protection of these


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