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EC Enforces Driftnet Ban

ITALY - The European Commission has confirmed inspections to verify the enforcement of a driftnet ban in Italy. The Commission has conducted inspections in Italy on 17th-21st May 2010, 14th-18th June 2010, 4th-8th April 2011 and 9th-13th May 2011.

The use of driftnets larger than 2.5 Km has been prohibited in the EU since June 1992. Moreover, 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, has, on various occasions, made clear that people have to get serious across the entire EU about implementation and compliance if the EU wants to achieve a sustainable, modern and future oriented fisheries policy.

the Fish Site Editor

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