PORT AUTHORITY REMOVES FISHING NETS OFF EUROPA POINT

No. 127/2015

Date: 2nd March 2015

PORT AUTHORITY REMOVES FISHING NETS OFF EUROPA POINT

On Sunday afternoon, following reports of a fishing net drifting between 50 and 100m off Europa
Point, the Port Launch, General Elliot II, was deployed to investigate. On arrival, it was seen that
the net, believed to belong to a Spanish fishing boat, extended several hundred metres and posed
a serious risk to navigation for passing vessels.

In an operation that took over two hours, the Duty Port Officer, Matthew Ferrary, assisted by
Coxswain Leslie Ward at the scene, coordinated the recovery and safe removal of the nets,
supported by an RGP launch and the Molinary tug, ANNA.

Once recovered, the nets were landed at the port where they were inspected by Department of
the Environment officials.

Ironically, the net was located in an area where even Spain's illegal and inapplicable designation of
an environmental protection zone in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters prohibits fishing.