By Euro Weekly News Media • 11 February 2011 • 11:41
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OCEANA, the environmental organisation, has called for the Balearics to insist on sustainable fishing activities following a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The EEA has stated that the Balearics are the fourth most overexploited area after the Adriatic and Aegean Seas and the Gulf of Lions.
Oceana has argued that industrial fishing with an ‘excessive’ extraction capacity is the main cause for concern.
There are 50 trawlers working around Mallorca, with another 40 ships working around Ibiza and Formentera. Oceana says that this method destroys marine habitats and is an inefficient method of fishing.
The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean has reported that the overexploited species are hake, red mullet, rock, lobster, and prawns.
Oceana has advised that the fishing industry should regulate and restrict trawling.
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