Fish inspectors visited a number of restaurants, fishmongers and harbours in Lanzarote during March at the start of a campaign to catch fish poachers.
The Government is working with the Servicio Marítimo in the Guardia Civil to promote sustainable fisheries and ensure that local fishermen are respecting the minimum fish sizes. The initial inspections were carried out in different areas of Lanzarote on the 15th & 16th March, Mónica Álvarez, Consejera de Pesca, Caza, Medio Ambiente y Aula de la Naturaleza said "We inspected five areas of fishing and shellfish in Famara, Caleta Caballo, La Santa, El Golfo and Costa Teguise: five slipways in Caleta de Famara, Caleta de Caballo, La Santa and Arrecife: five points of sale in Arrecife & Playa Honda and nine restaurants situated in El Golfo, Playa Blanca, and Puerto del Carmen".
The result of these first inspections was positive, detecting only one case of illegal shellfish harvesting.
Área de Pesca del Cabildo de Lanzarote confirmed that they will increase the anti-poaching inspections over the coming months as illegal fishing has worsened in recent years fuelled by the economic crisis and unemployment. The Cofradías de Pescadores representing the professional fisherman of Lanzarote had requested action to take better control of the fish caught and shellfish harvested since it was apparent that more seafood was available on the market than recorded at the authorised points of sale.