Italy: 1,500 illegally decoy buoys each year on sea

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Sea Shepherd is currently back in action in Italian waters to protect the Mediterranean Sea.
OPERATION SISO is a campaign by Sea Shepherd Italy to protect the Aeolian Islands from illegal, unregulated, and undocumented fishing (IUU), in particular the illegal use of fish aggregating devices (FADs).

The Aeolian Islands were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and form an archipelago of seven inhabited islands. They are located in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily – only 12 nautical miles from Cape Milazzo.

They are all volcanic in origin, and their rich biodiversity provides the perfect environment for breeding grounds for many migratory species and for sperm whales, common dolphins, beaked whales, striped dolphins, round-headed dolphins, and pilot whales.

The illegal decoy buoys, referred to as “cannizzi” by the locals, pose a threat to life in the Mediterranean and to local, legal fishing. They are illegal in Aeolian waters at this time of year and must be used at the beginning of the season regulated by the local management plan of the Aeolian Islands.

What is decoy buoys?

Decoy buoys are anchored hollow plastic bodies floating on the surface of the water, to which palm branches or similar materials are attached, which act as a magnet for deep-sea fish, as they serve as a refuge for them.

Each buoy consists of 4-6 plastic canisters with palm leaves as a floating part and a line up to 3000 meters long with a diameter of approx. 3.5 mm, which is anchored to the seabed.

FADs not only help catch target fish species but also lead, among other things, also to the death of loggerhead turtles, which are already on the verge of extinction in Italian waters.

Illegal FADs also represent the largest amount of plastic pollution in the area, with industrial fleets deploying hundreds of plastic FADs in violation of biodegradability rules and local regulations that allow a maximum of 20 FADs.

It is estimated that more than 1,500 decoy buoys are illegally anchored each year, which is a significant proportion of the plastic waste pollution of the Italian sea and is fatal for marine animals such as loggerhead turtles that can become entangled in them as they migrate.

The pictures were taken at the beginning of October and show the dramatic consequences of IUU fishing.

That is why it is so important that we are there.

Photos: Laura Machini / Sea Shepherd, Monica von Blasi / Filicudi Wildlife Conservation
#seashepherditalia #operazionesiso #seashepherd #mittelmeer #conservationinaction #fortheoceans #seashepherdgermany

And I mean…There is only one thing to do here to get the illegal fishing under control: high fines from the EU to Italy. And not only in Italy!

But the EU is currently busy with more important issues.

Not with the abolition of animal cages
Not with the cruel animal transports from the EU to third countries
Not with the advancing climate catastrophe on our planet

The EU is currently working on the new name of the vegan “burger”, “sausage” or “schnitzel” because that has bothered the meat mafia for a long time.
It even goes very quickly with the meeting of the officials in the EU Parliament to convert the godless child “Veggie Meat” with a new name into the new religion of the carnivores

For such trivial matters, the EU is always very quick.

My best regards to all, Venus

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