GONHS has blasted the lack of action taken by the authorities over incidents of conch rake fishing in British Gibraltar waters.
Conch rake fishing has recently taken place in Gibraltar waters, mainly sighted on the Eastern side close to the shoreline, without any apparent action by the authorities, despite the considerable maritime assets available to the RGP and the Department of the Environment, GOHNS said in a statement.
Conch rake-fishing doesn’t just remove the target species for your dinner-plate, the organisation said adding: “The rakes indiscriminately remove everything in their path; destroying the important seabed habitat which the local abundance and biodiversity of our waters depend on.”
GOHNS underscored that the practice is illegal and that it must be ‘nipped in the bud’ before it can do any further damage.
“GONHS wishes to see the law to be upheld robustly and not flouted with impunity as is currently the case,” the statement read.