France and Spain issue a death warrant for marine life

European governments fight to continue killing seabirds, dolphins and seaturtles and let fishing industry continue their status quo.

Leaked information from EU negotiations say that governments, notably from Spain and France, are fighting to exclude the protection of seabirds, dolphins, whales and turtles from the key law that protects marine life from detrimental fishing practices.

The law, called “technical measures” is a broad set of rules which govern how, where and when fishermen may fish. They are also the most comprehensive set of rules to minimize the impact of fishing on the marine ecosystem and the environment.

On average over 200 000 seabirds and 44 000 sea turtles in Europe die caught in fishing gear annually.  

Bruna Campos, EU Marine & Fisheries Officer, BirdLife Europe:
“We have ministers standing up and asking to allow the continuation of the needless drowning of dolphins, turtles and seabirds. Shame on them.”

We now call on the Romanian Presidency to revise the Council’s position.


For more information, please contact:

Bruna Campos, EU Marine & Fisheries Officer - BirdLife Europe
+32 478 88 6420

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