Fishermen's nets are cut in order to recover tackle that gets caught in them.

02-03-2017Elena Ballestero

Puerto Pollensa's fishermen have denounced the activities of recreational fishermen. These are leading to losses, and so the local association has called on the government's fisheries department to intensify nighttime inspections and go after "pirates" who catch squid by using submerged lights, something which is totally prohibited.

The fishermen stress that they are not against recreational fishing, only against bad or illegal practices. They want exemplary penalties to be issued in order to, once and for all, create a deterrence.

The department says that it has this week increased nighttime surveillance, but the director of fisheries, Joan Mercant, points out that it only has four inspectors to monitor the whole of the Balearic coastline. The Guardia Civil's Seprona environmental protection branch can help, but only so much.

Using lights to fish for squid can attract a minimum fine of 30,000 euros, but the environment and fisheries ministry hasn't issued a single fine because no one has been caught in the act. This isn't an issue which is exclusive to the bay of Pollensa, but Puerto Pollensa is one of the parts of the Balearics where recreational fishing licences have increased the most. According to the fisheries department, there are currently 600 professional fishing licences in the whole of the Balearics, while there are 42,000 for recreational fishing.

Further complaints made by the fishermen refer to a group of divers who have been catching octopuses; so much so that octopuses have all but disappeared from the bay. Economic damage is being caused to them because of illegal sales and also by their nets being cut by recreational fishermen.

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james bond / Hace over 2 years

that's my little octopussy.

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Mike / Hace over 2 years

So v you know how to look things up on the internet well done and as we are English not Greek it's octopi for us ! And for your info prodictive text on the internet can't spell either not got a very good IQ have you if you need a computer to check your facts ? and it's not the editor who wrote the article,

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Tom / Hace over 2 years

Swallowed the dictionary have we? So octupi is correct !

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V. / Hace over 2 years

The standard plural in English of octopus is octopuses. However, the word octopus comes from Greek and the Greek plural form octopodes is still occasionally used. The plural form octopi, formed according to rules for some Latin plurals, is incorrect.

And otupi doesn't exist! If you are going to attempt to correct the editor make sure you at least try to spell correctly!

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Mike / Hace over 2 years

I think you'll find its otupi ? If your going to do a report in English make sure you know the plural !

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Colin Thompson / Hace over 2 years

Recreational fishing ? there's no fish !!

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Steve Riches / Hace over 2 years

This is NOT a "taxi-driver" situation: these demands are reasonable and do not seek to interfere with genuine recreational fishing. If there are people eroding valuable stocks by illegal methods they deserve to be caught. Correct stock levels are the only way to preserve sustainability.

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