02 Oct '11, 8am

Blog: organised crime on the seas. Why Spain is turning a blind eye to illegal fishing practices.

Blog: organised crime on the seas. Why Spain is turning a blind eye to illegal fishing practices.

You might not think that the criminal underworld smells of sea salt and fish guts, but when there are millions of euros up for grabs for Europe's fishing fleet the crooks with hooks surface. Our recent investigation exposed a shocking tale of organised crime and vested interests related to Spain's industrial scale fishing fleet. We also discovered the Spanish government putting the profits of its fleet over healthy fish stocks. We put the spotlight on ‘Tono’, Spain’s most notorious fishing baron and head of the Vidal family network of fishing operators. Even though they have a list of convictions for illegal fishing, their network continues to operate a fleet of ships, endangering vital fish stocks. Astonishingly since 2002, they have received at least 15.8 million euros in subsides. That means that European tax payers have been funding the activities of this illegal fishi...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/exposed-organise...

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