Over-fishing leaves anchovy facing extinction

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1 June 2006, MADRID — The Cantabrian anchovy is under threat of extinction because of over-fishing, a scientific report claims.

1 June 2006

MADRID — The Cantabrian anchovy is under threat of extinction because of over-fishing, a scientific report claims.

Scientists from the Basque marine biology institute Azti claim the fish will disappear from the waters of the Bay of Biscay unless strict controls are not put in place.

Tests on stocks in May showed they had reached the lowest point for years.

In December last year, the Spanish Government pushed for European Commission quotas on fishing anchovies off the Cantabrian coast in northern Spain, to be raised –  going against recommendations from scientists. Ecologists and the EC.

But now amid mounting pressure, Spain has changed its mind and wants to implement strict limits on fishing anchovies – a move supported by the Basque regional authorities.

This year, fishermen only caught 720 tonnes, the second worst amount since records began.

Average catches in previous years were 4,500 tonnes.

Even after the Prestige disaster in 2003, when an oil tanker sank off Galicia polluting the entire Northern Spanish coast, catches were higher, usually reaching 3,000 tonnes.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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