• Greenpeace names Sri Lanka among worst offenders on illegal fishing

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    Sri Lanka is one of the worst offenders when it comes to illegal fishing for tuna, billfish and sharks, Greenpeace says. Many of the boats are using destructive gill nets, longlines and even fishing in marine reserves, the environmental group says. It has documented illegal Sri Lankan activity, and when it checked the holds of one boat inside a protected marine reserve, it found its storage areas filled with shark, including endangered bigeye threshers, as well as tuna and a swordfish. The boat was using a kilometre-long gill line. The European Union has warned Sri Lanka and seven other countries, including Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea and Panama, that they faced being listed as “uncooperative partners” in the global fight against unlawful marine practices because they had failed to take corrective measures to stem illegal fishing. If you’re fishing these areas and wondering why bites are at a premium, read this and get rightly angry.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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