Turkey promises to eliminate driftnets

Posted by Christine, September 30, 2010

Oceana, an advocacy organization, announced that Turkey will ban illegal driftnets in the Mediterranean in 2011. About a month earlier, Morocco announced it  will stop using the destructive fishing gear next year.

The decision follows intense campaigning by our European colleagues, who estimate that more than 500 vessels have been operating illegally in the Mediterranean, some with nets up to 12 miles long. It’s estimated that thousands of creatures, including whales, dolphins, sharks and sea turtles, are trapped by the indiscriminate fishing gear each year.


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