El Canal de Menorca. archive photo.

El Canal de Menorca.

22-12-2020Oceana

El Canal de Menorca has been declared a Site of Community Importance or SCI by the European Commission and an appeal by the Balearic Federation of Fishermen’s Guilds to prevent it becoming a protected area has been thrown out of court.

It’s a major blow for trawler fishermen and bans them from fishing in 70% of the waters between northern Mallorca and Minorca.

The Judge ruled that “the fishermen's appeal is not sufficiently substantiated with a single reference to the case,” and cited "lack of objective cassation interest for the formation of jurisprudence".

The ruling was welcomed by Oceana Senior Marine Scientist Pilar Marin.

“Trawling is very detrimental to marine habitats and the court's decision sets a precedent for the protection of these ecosystems,” she said.

Canal de Minorca covers 1,400 square kilometres with areas of coral reefs and maërl of great importance," added Marín who claimed that trawlers from Pollença, Alcúdia, Cala Rajada, Ciutadella, Portocolom and Santanyí were fishing in these areas.

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Owen / Hace 12 months

It also looks like they are going to be barred from British waters from January. I've no sympathy, trawlers from all nations should be outlawed. They have destroyed environments and decimated fish stocks the world over. There will never be enough oversight to control them and now that we have quite good farming techniques this method of scooping up everything in theory path is outdated.

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