Drift net defiance

 作者:姚郐镯     |      日期:2019-03-01 12:20:07
Italy has asked the European Union for permission to use drift nets up to 9 kilometres long until the year 2004. The EU banned drift nets over 2.5 kilometres long this year, and the European Commission wants all drift nets banned by 1997. Italy’s demand comes weeks after four Italian vessels were caught using drift nets in the Cabrera Archipelago marine park near Majorca. Spanish police arrested two of the boats, which carried drift nets 12 and 18 kilometres long. The nets entangled four sperm whales, among the most endangered species in European waters. Two adult whales were freed, says Alessandro Gianni of Greenpeace, but two young ones drowned. Last year, drift nets killed at least 13 sperm whales in the Mediterranean. Paula Bortone, Italy’s new fisheries minister and a member of the neofascist National Alliance party,