Earth Science News  





. Italian and French fishermen oppose blue fin tuna ban

by Staff Writers
Valletta (AFP) June 17, 2008
A number of Italian and French fishermen Tuesday staged a protest outside the offices of the European Union delegation near Valletta over the EU decision to ban some fishing for bluefin tuna.

Some 300 fishermen have warned they will block the Grand Harbour in Valletta and the fishing port of Marsaxlokk unless they are given an appointment with EU Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg in Malta or in Brussels.

The fishermen have some 30 trawlers based in Malta and 15 others are expected to join them. They insist that because of poor weather they only fished for a few days and have not yet achieved the fishing quota.

They said blocking the ports would make people realise their plight.

The European Commission said Friday it would close the industrial tuna fishing season early to protect the increasingly popular species.

The move targets fishing by purse seiners, boats that draw nets around whole schools of fish before drawing them in. They account for 70 percent of all bluefin tuna hauls.

Pasquale della Monica, a spokesman for the fishermen, claims that it was unfair that their competitors from Croatia, Libya and Tunisia can still fish for tuna. He said the fishermen wanted to meet with Borg in a bid to find a solution.

"If no plausible solution is found, we will take all fishermen to the streets and block the main routes of Malta," he warned.

A spokesman for the delegation of the EU Commission in Malta, Edward Demicoli, told the fishermen that he would convey to Borg the fishermen's request for a meeting.

Demicoli later delivered Borg's reply that he was always ready to meet fishermen's organisations, but such a meeting could not be held before Monday.

A spokesman for the fishermen said they were not satisfied since the meeting needed to be held urgently, given that the fishing season was advanced.

Fishing for blue fin tuna using purse seiner nets was banned as from last Monday, but Maltese fishermen were not affected since they use the traditional methods to fish tuna.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Panic over delayed rainfall grips northern Nigeria
Kano (AFP) June 17, 2008
Farmers and agronomists in northern Nigeria said Tuesday they fear this year's late rainfall may hurt harvests and worsen the food shortage in the region.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Echo SatCom Launches Hurricane Preparedness Program
  • NASA Data Helps Pinpoint Impacted Populations In Disaster Aftermath
  • Japan troops search mud as quake toll hits 10
  • Exercise For Rapid Disaster Relief With Space-Based Technologies

  • US envoy says no 'G8 solution' to climate change
  • China biggest CO2 emitter last year: Dutch agency
  • UN climate chief spurs talks on new global warming pact
  • Has Global Warming Research Misinterpreted Cloud Behavior

  • NMSU Uses Information Collected In Space To Help Those On The Ground
  • Aster Images Sichuan Earthquake In China
  • Japanese astronaut says Earth is 'beautiful'
  • Northrop Grumman To Modify CERES Sensor For NPOESS Prep Mission To Improve Climate Data Payload

  • Japan PM says 'strong likelihood' of resolving China gas dispute
  • Analysis: Future of Kirkuk field unknown
  • A Promising Step Towards More Effective Hydrogen Storage
  • Fuel: No Flying Without The Good Stuff

  • Bird flu hits southern China: state press
  • Wet Or Dry, Montana Still Threatened By West Nile
  • Hong Kong traders may have ignored bird flu warning signs: govt
  • Hong Kong culls all live poultry in markets after bird flu outbreak

  • Unlocking The Genome Of The Worst Bug On Planet Earth
  • Most of panda habitat damaged or destroyed in China quake
  • Scientists Confirm That Parts Of Earliest Genetic Material May Have Come From The Stars
  • Taking The Temperature Of The No-Fly Zone

  • First army-controlled dump opens in Naples region
  • Persistent Man-Made Chemical Pollutants Found In Deep-Sea Octopods And Squids
  • Czech watchdog highlights risk from ageing missiles
  • Naples 'submerged' under rubbish despite Berlusconi visit: paper

  • Brain Scans Reveal What's Behind The Aversion To Loss Of Possessions
  • Origins Of The Brain
  • Human Mobility Is Not A Random Event
  • 112 candles for Europe's oldest man

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement