KERKENNAH ISLANDS - In Tunisia, artisanal fishers are facing depleted fish stocks as a result of illegal bottom trawling.
An investigation has revealed that products resulting from illegal and irregular fishing activities can easily enter the EU market, leading to unfair competition with EU fishers. The investigative team has reconstructed the seafood supply chain, from fishers who are oppressed by middlemen, through exporting companies, all the way to consumers in the EU. The resulting picture is that of a shady business with little control over the fish consumed in Europe, which is detrimental to Tunisian artisanal fishers and the fragile marine ecosystem.
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- “Este mar solía estar lleno de vida”: la pesca ilegal hiere de muerte a un criadero del Mediterráneo, El Pais, 05/04/2023;
- The punctured net of Mediterranean fishing regulation: the case of Tunisia, Voxeurop, 11/07/2023.
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