By Alex Glenn • 07 October 2021 • 9:57
Credit: Guardia Civil
Almeria tackles illegal fishing. During a series of risky dives officers from the Guardia Civil have removed 70 illegal fishing traps.
The Guardia Civil in Almeria located and seized a 600-metre long net line with 70 submerged poaching pots. The traps were located off the coast of Retamar in Almeria and were destroying a posidonia meadow.
The intervention was carried out by the officers on Thursday, September 30. It is believed that the traps had only been underwater for a short time. In this short time, the traps had already destroyed a large part of a colony of oceanic posidonia.
Oceanic posidonia is listed as an endangered species by the European Union. It is an aquatic plant that is ecologically important.
Illegal submerged nets often cause risks for passing boats. They also damage the animal and plant species in the ocean.
The action was carried out as part of the LIFE + Posidonia Andalucia project. The European Union launched the project and it is coordinated by the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment and the Andalucian Environment and Water Agency.
The project hopes to protect posidonia oceanica meadows in the Andalucian Mediterranean. Special emphasis has been placed on protecting meadows in the Poniente Almeriense.
Guardia Civil officers discovered and removed the traps during a series of risky dives.
As reported by La Voz de Almeria: “The investigation is still ongoing to locate the perpetrators, who face an environmental crime and heavy administrative sanctions.
“The poaching of pots on the coast can carry administrative penalties of up to 60,000 euros, under Title V of Law 3/2001, of 26 March, on State Maritime Fisheries.”
Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don’t already have one. Review our
Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.