SPNI files High Court petition against Agriculture Ministry demanding fishing reforms

March 1, 2015 19:07

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel demanded that Agriculture Ministry officials take immediate actions to stop the deterioration of Israel's Mediterranean Coast, in a petition filed to the High Court of Justice on Sunday.

"We must save the ecological system of the Mediterranean Sea from collapse – 100,000 protected animals die every year in the sea, as a result of uncontrolled fishing," a statement from SPNI said.

The environmental organization filed the petition specifically against both the Agriculture Ministry itself and its fishery and aquaculture division, requesting that the offices be required to apply stricter conditions to fishing licenses – to improve the condition of fish and other animals in the Mediterranean Sea. Timing for the petition submission was key, as SPNI also hopes to achieve a fishing ban for the duration of the marine breeding seasons, which typically lasts from April through June, the organization said.

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