Illegal, but still used – some are up to 12 miles long. Driftnets were initially conceived to catch commercial pelagic species such as tuna and swordfish. But “curtains of death” are an unsustainable, non selective fishing gear which causes the accidental death of some 10,000 cetaceans in the Mediterranean, as well as thousands of sea turtles and sharks ever year.
1. Italian driftnets: illegal fishing continues
2. The use of driftnets by the Moroccan fleet
3. Thonaille: the use of driftnets by the French fleet in the Mediterranean

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