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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
Adrift! Swordfish and Driftnets in the Mediterranean Sea
This report was documents the use of illegal driftnets in the Mediterranean Sea by countries including Italy,Morocco, Turkey and Algeria. Driftnets have been banned since 2002 by the European Union, and since 2003 in the entire Mediterranean by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). In the EU, hundreds of millions of Euros were used to reconvert large fleets from several Member States that hunted down species such as swordfish and albacore. In Italy, more than 120 million Euros of European Community and Italian funds were invested between 1997 and 2002 to reconvert or dismantle a fleet of some 700 vessels. This report contains photographs, taken in 2008, of 92 vessels with driftnets on board, of which 80% had already been identified during campaigns in previous years.
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Ocean Areas/Mediterranean Sea