Fish Responsibly: Campaign Update

SPNI is petitioning for better regulations of Israel's fisheries. Photo: Dr. Aviad Shanen

On Sunday, March 1, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel submitted a petition to the High Court of Justice demanding that the Ministry of Agriculture take action to preserve the Israel's Mediterranean fisheries.

Our petition, calling for greater protection of Mediterranean fisheries and stricter enforcement of fishing laws, was filed against both the Ministry of Agriculture and its fishery and aquaculture division. The petition argues that fisheries are a common resource which has completely deteriorated due to lack of regulation. The petition states:

In light of many years of neglect, significant reform is needed to effectively ensure the long-term viability of the marine ecosystem, requiring the investment of resources and changes in legislation and regulation, leading to a fundamental change in the way the resource is used today.

Among the demands in the petition are restrictions of fishing licenses and prohibiting fishing during the 2015 breeding season, April 1 – June 30, allowing fish stocks to recover and preventing their collapse. The petition was filed together with an application for an urgent hearing, to take place before the start of the breeding season on April 1.

For over two years, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel has been behind a national campaign to protect Israel's fisheries, including public campaigns to take endangered fish off of restaurant menus, a voluntary code of conduct from sports fisherman and the political campaign to reform the fishing industry.


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