Mazara launches 'Blue Economic Zone' for fishing

Proposal by Mediterranean Fishing Observatory

06 December, 10:59

    (ANSAmed) - MAZARA DEL VALLO (TRAPANI), DECEMBER 6 - The Mediterranean Fishing Observatory, the scientific branch of the fishing district of the western Sicilian town of Mazara del Vallo, has launched a proposal to create a "Blue Economic Zone" in the Mediterranean.

    The proposal came during the Mediterranean Fishing Observatory's international session at the Filippo Corridoni monument complex in Mazara del Vallo, which was attended by representatives from Tunisia, Malta, Egypt, the Region of Sicily, the Italian Foreign Ministry, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Italian Navy, and the Italian Finance Police's air-sea operations division (ROAN).

    The proposal was launched to overcome the so-called "fishing war" that has caused three deaths and 27 wounded in the past 50 years due to shots fired from soldiers in Mediterranean coastal countries.

    The toll also includes 300 fishermen who are prisoners incarcerated in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Algeria.

    Heavy ransoms have also been paid for over 150 hijacked fishing boats, of which six have been definitively seized, and to which can now be added the Daniela L., which sunk last month in the Libyan port of Benghazi after having been hijacked in 2012.

    Experts at the Mediterranean Fishing Observatory estimate the economic damage, above and beyond the social damage, at over 100 million euros.

    "The Mediterranean Fishing Observatory is a place of dialogue," said Fishing District President Giovanni Tumbiolo.

    "Today the Mediterreanean 'apartment building' is meeting, where various nations and their scientific and production institutions work together to discuss the future of the Mediterranean. Our idea with the Blue Economic Zone is to create a sort of hardware with lots of small clusters along the southern Mediterranean shore, accompanied by software from the Blue Economy, which is the production philosophy that we've been promoting since 2009 together with the Region of Sicily. It aims to fight illegal fishing, waste, and production discrimination.

    Our idea is to create common rules and shared projects to build the future of the Mediterranean together," Tumbiolo said.(ANSAmed).

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