Oceana has been identifying and documenting the illegal activities of 71 Italian and 37 French driftnetters for two years. In a recent report, the European Commission acknowledged the existence of these vessels and linked them to deficient control measures within the fishing sector.
The definition of a driftnet, to be included in a new Regulation approved by the European Parliament yesterday during a plenary session, will stipulate that the addition of a floating anchor to one end of net does not make this gear legal; driftnets are banned by the European Union and the United Nations.
The international marine conservation organisation, Oceana, has announced that the Italian State Attorney General (l’Avvocatura dello Stato italiano) has modified its position and now considers it illegal to have the driftnets known as “spadare” on board, regardless of whether they are being used or not when they are detected.
La organización internacional de conservación marina ha presentado en ACCOBAMS dos informes con listados, fotografías y fechas donde se documentan 71 rederos ilegales italianos y 37 franceses en plena actividad o preparándose para salir a faenar.