Greenpeace Fined For Damaging Bluefin Nets in Clash
February 13, 2013
Greenpeace was ordered to pay fines this week, for having damaged purse seine tuna nets in the Mediterranean Sea near Malta three years ago.
Two British activists of the group were charged EUR 15,000 in damages, after EUR 7,500 was suspended.
The verdict is the conclusion to a clash between the environment group and a French purse seiner that took place in June 2010. At the time, the ocean campaigners said they were trying to free endangered bluefin tuna from the commercial fishing net, while the owner of the vessel involved said a member of his crew had been injured after Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise rammed into his boat.
It’s estimated the French fishermen suffered a loss of between 90 and 95 tons.