During the last few years, Oceana has carried out campaigns to control and report the use of illegal drift nets, both through our observers in ports and through our high-seas campaigns on board the Oceana Ranger and the Marviva Med. During this time, we have located and reported French and Italian netters that continue fishing with complete impunity.
Oceana’s position regarding drift nets is clear:
the illegal activities being carried out by fishermen and ship owners who have received significant subsidies for conversion cannot be permitted.
we ask the governments of the implicated Member States for real and forceful application of legislation and the adoption of control and monitoring measures to put a definitive stop to this illegal activity in the seas and oceans.