EC confirms Italian driftnet inspections

24 May 2011

The Commission conducted driftnet ban inspections in Italy on 17-21 May 2010, 14-18 June 2010, 4-8 April 2011 and 9-13 May 2011.

The use of driftnets larger than 2.5km has been prohibited in the EU since June 1992. Since 2002 all driftnets, no matter their size, are prohibited when intended for the capture of particular species, including bluefin tuna and swordfish.

The findings of the mission are currently being cross-checked with the information provided by the Italian authorities.

The EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki had, on various occasions, made clear that implementation and compliance all over the EU has to get serious if we want to achieve a sustainable, modern and future oriented fisheries policy.

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