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Parliamentary questions
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29 April 2015
Question for written answer E-006855-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marco Affronte (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Marco Valli (EFDD) , Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Ignazio Corrao (EFDD)

 Subject:  Illegal fishing
 Answer in writing 

Hundreds of ‘river poachers’ are at work along the Po, which flows through the Italian regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto. They illegally fish huge quantities of fish with a view to export.

In the period April to June 2014 the State Forestry Corps seized around 10 tonnes of fish obtained by fraudulent means and discovered the following information:
Most engaged in fraudulent fishing are Romanian or Hungarian.
They also act as receivers of illegal catches from local fishermen selling on the black market.
They fish at night using nets hundreds of metres long, with a small mesh.
They stow the fish in vans without equipment or hygiene checks.
Heedless of cruelty, they export live fish.
They ignore the cold chain, keeping the fish in unstable conditions for four or five days.
They sell their catches on to licensed and legal companies in Romania and Hungary which have filed no complaint.

By their invasive fishing technique, these fishermen have already destroyed the ecosystem of the Danube Delta. This has caused a dramatic fall in fish stocks in the river and damaged tour operators specialising in angling for sport.

1. What does the Commission intend to do to protect consumers from eating this poorly conserved fish?

2. How does it intend to safeguard the above-board businesses which are being damaged by the illegal activities?

Original language of question: IT 
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