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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
Illegal Driftnetting in the Mediterranean
This report reveals that the tourists taste for swordfish is wiping out the species and damaging the marine environment. Swordfish is a quintessential Mediterranean dish but the authors claim that illegal driftnets, which have a devastating on the Mediterraneans marine wildlife, are being used to catch swordfish. Up to one-quarter of Mediterranean swordfish are caught using illegal driftnets, which were banned from global use in the early 1990s. Known as walls of death because of their devastating impact on non-target marine species such as whales, dolphins, turtles, sharks and seabirds, these nets can be tens of miles long and continue to be used by an estimated 600 vessels from Italy, France, Morocco and Turkey.
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