Mediterranean Driftnet Campaign 2013
In Europe the illegal use of driftnets is one of the most prolific examples of illegal practices carried out at sea. In both the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea the use of the nets is believed to be ongoing, despite a ban on their use. In the Mediterranean alone, over 500 ships are still using driftnets, killing an estimated 10.000 cetaceans every year, as well as thousands of endangered sharks and sea turtles.
For a period of 2 months the team of The Black Fish visited fishing ports across Italy, Albania and Tunisia. A total of 76 separate inspections were carried out in 56 different fishing ports, during day and night visits. Evidence was collected in the ports, from the air and at sea.
- The use of illegal driftnets
- Blacklisted ships using drift nets
- Landing of undersized fish
- Fishing without a quota
- Bycatch of threatened species, like loggerhead turtles and sea horses