A new “atlas” reveals widespread illegal bottom trawling inside Mediterranean marine protected areas.
The atlas, an interactive online map, shows thousands of days of apparent bottom-trawling activity in areas where it is banned, in 2020 and 2021.
Bottom trawlers can damage the seabed, destroy coral and sponge habitats, and catch unintended species at a high rate.
The findings demonstrate “the lack of enforcement and transparency in the Med, which is the most overfished sea in the world,” an atlas coordinator told Mongaba