Italy:Coast Guard seizes 170 tons of fish ahead of Christmas

To counter illegal fishing, about 600,000 euros in fines

21 December, 18:14

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, DEC. 21 - About 170 tons of fish products have been seized and about 600,000 euros in fines handed down as part of Operation Atlantide by the Italian Coast Guard against illegal fishing during the holiday period.

    Some 6,862 checks were carried out, leading to 385 fines and 295 seizures.

    The checks, which began in early December, will continue throughout the entire holiday period.

    The figures were released by the ministry for agriculture, food and forestry.

    The operations are being coordinated at the national level by the National Center for Fisheries Control under the Rome Coast Guard, with involvement by 15 regional maritime directorates.

    The Coast Guard activities focused on activities at sea, with inspections to counter illegal fishing, but also included checks on large distribution platforms on land, where - the Coast Guard said - most products from abroad are centered.

    Checks were also carried out at entrance points such as ports and airports, as well as along roads and highways.

    The operative phase also made it possible to monitor fisheries products in retail centers and shops, with an aim of preventing risks to consumers from buying products not safe for human consumption.

    Operation Atlantide is part of broader Coast Guard efforts concerning fishing in 2021. Fines handed down over the year totaled 6 million euros and over 330 tons of products were seized.

    In addition to activities in national territory were activities at the international level under the European Fisheries Control Agency by the Gregoretti ship of the Coast Guard, which has recently carried out a campaign to counter illegal fishing in the eastern Mediterranean off Greece and Cyprus.(ANSAmed).

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