The Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi has just published a study of the 153 dugongs that have been killed in Abu Dhabi waters since 2000, and 72.5 per cent were killed by drowning in illegal drift nets
, a percentage that has risen to 85 per cent in the last five years.
PLANS to ban the use of drift nets
in all European Union (EU) waters have been described by Wales' Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Rebecca Evans as "blunt and inappropriate".
Curbs on drift nets
have been in place on European waters since 1992 but illegal use has been reported amongst French and Italian fishermen.
We have been progressively phasing out fisheries such as these, and such a phase-out already applies to the drift nets
operating on the North East coast.
THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the use of drift nets
by French fishing boats to catch bluefin tuna breaks existing EU wildlife conservation laws.
There was also a final, more subtle issue that needed to be addressed at Council, relating to the definition of drift nets
. In order to clarify several existing regulations, the Commission, on 19 September, published a proposal for a standard definition of what is a drift net
, which it plans will be inserted into relevant EU legislation, including existing laws.
produce bigger catches and it's hoped the move will protect dwindling stocks.
MARINE Minister Pat Gallagher has been urged to "get off the fence" and outlaw the catching of salmon in drift nets
Adult and Larval paddlefish were sampled at four potential spawning locations using gill nets, boat-mounted drift nets
and trawl nets.
The buying out of the North East drift nets
has also proved beneficial and might be the reason for the slight improvement on the Tay.
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"We are talking about drift nets
the size of football pitches, trailed between tow boats, scooping up everything in their way.