Mediterranean Fishermen Find There's A Catch

As supplies dwindle, livelihoods at risk—and so are some species
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2008 12:48 PM CST
Overfishing on the Mediterranean has disrupted the balance between the markets of different nations, as well as endangering rarer species of fish.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Over-fishing is threatening the many species that fill the Mediterranean Sea—not to mention the livelihoods of local fishermen and the diets of the region's populace—but having 21 countries to deal with makes it difficult to wrangle out an agreement that would give stocks a chance to recover, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Enforcement is also a major problem, and few fishermen pay much attention to laws currently on the books. Yet some say they've been warning of a collapse for years. "In the sea, it's like there's been a fire forever, but no one does a thing," says the head of an Italian fishing cooperative.