By John Smith • 17 September 2016 • 8:16
Some of the seized fish and spear guns
The Environmental Protection and Research Unit within the Department of the Environment and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that over the past three weeks it has being carrying out operations targeting illegal spearfishing activities in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW).
This initiative has resulted in two separate cases so far involving four spear fishermen who have been identified as being Spanish and all four individuals are now being processed for reporting by the DECC after having being found contravening the Marine Protection Regulations.
Environmental Protection Officers from the department will be continuing with the operation over the coming weeks as part of the wider strategy to curb illegal fisheries in BGTW.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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