Stop illegal fishing

ON THE CASE: Fisheries inspectors prepare to board a trawler.

THE intensive work of environmental officers in Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park has significantly reduced the number of cases this year, the Junta de Andalucia regional government has reported.

Although fishing is the main sustenance for many families in Almeria Province, like most things in life it has rules and limits which not everyone follows, meaning there are some who continue attempting to fish in protected areas within the natural park, however the Junta has officers keeping an eye on the coast at almost all times.

Important operations carried out so far this year by the officers, which have been noted in the press and seem to be helping deter others from the illicit activity, include a case where two fishermen abandoned their equipment, including wetsuits, diving gear and underwater rifles, along with their catch at Los Escullos dock and fled upon spotting inspectors.

Elsewhere, an illegal octopus trap was found off Playa de Monsul, a dozen fish traps were unearthed in Cala de Enmedio before being removed by the environmental department’s Isla de Tarifa boat, and various cases of people fishing with rods from the beaches being caught and fined.

The fact that the dock at Los Escullos has been fenced off, the Junta reported, has also led to fishermen desisting as it has made it harder for them to get between their vehicles and the water.


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