Overfishing In The Mediterranean
Dwindling fish stock in the Mediterranean Sea is making it very difficult for Greek fishermen to make a living. The problem is with overfishing and it’s devastating impact on populations according to Paraskevas Vasilakopoulos of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Athens.This is largely attributed to commercial trawlers, referred to as the “bulldozers of the sea”, who are scooping up most of the fish before they have a chance to reproduce. It is speculated that in five years the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea will be threatened. The problem is also worsened by the absence of strict fishing regulations and enforcement in the Mediterranean Sea. It is imperative that small-scale fishermen are also held accountable. Fish have always been an important part of Greek culture and diet. In the past, aside from farming, fishing was a popular occupation. Before fish stocks were so low, fishermen frequently stocked tavernas and fish markets.