Skip to comments.(European) Commission proposes full ban on vertical fish nets (drift nets)
Posted on 05/17/2014 1:46:50 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The use of drift nets, long vertical nets cast deep into the sea that catch all fish and mammals in their path, would be completely banned under a proposal put forward by the European Commission today (14 May).
The use of drift nets has already been largely banned in the EU since 2002. However, the existing law has loopholes. Boats are allowed to keep drift nets on board as long as they are smaller than 2.5 km (1.55 miles) and that their use is not intended for the capture of endangered species. Fishermen are using this loophole to conduct illegal drift-netting.
According to the Commission, fishermen in Italy, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria and the UK are still using drift nets.
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Um, baseball bats are legal, but there are plenty of uses of a baseball bat that are illegal...
how can the ban be enforced if used in international waters?
This may be a solution for high unemployment. Ban the nets and then send out the unemployed in fishing boats with a rod and some bait.
Not the same thing as declaring something “illegal baseball-batting”.
There are plenty of people out there who are only too
willing to let other people starve, as long as THEY
get to eat.
I wasn’t on board the particular voyage, but my return to work ship was brought to dead in the water by a drift net in the Pacific. 900 foot, 58,000 hp container ship.
Drift netting has too large a by-catch. Also, it’s spooky — like a curtain of death drifting around on its own. There are better alternatives.
Actually a pretty good point...