Greece drafts new legislation focusing on controlling fishing

Greek Agricultural Development and Food ministry is drafting a new legislation focusing on controlling fishing, redefining the operation of fishermen and amateur fishing, Vaggelis Apostolou said during a conference on Sustainable Fishing in the Mediterranean, held in Valetta, Malta.

Apostolou noted that fishing was an asset factor for Mediterranean countries, while particularly in Greece a social link and part of the country’s island and shore cultural heritage.

“Today, more than ever, we need to act to be able to ensure sustainability of fish reservoirs and of sensitive habitats,” the Greek minister said, adding “we must ensure that coming generations will continue to live through fishing, to support small off shore fishing, to combat illegal fishing and smuggling and to protect habitats. We must invest further in research and innovation, in best practices and renewable energy sources”.

He said the a survey must be conducted on the consequences of incoming fish species in the Mediterranean Sea.