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Police search for trawls on fishing boats in Istanbul. AA photo

Police search for trawls on fishing boats in Istanbul. AA photo

The head of a fisheries association was allegedly shot by a gang of illegal fishermen in Istanbul for his stance against the illegal practice. 

Ahmet Aslan lost his left eye in an armed attack while he was sitting in a teahouse in Istanbul's Rumelikavağı neighborhood, broadcaster NTV reported on its website.  

"There is a gang with trawlers, and we are under constant threat," Aslan was quoted as saying.  

Defne Koryürek, an activist who has been campaigning against trawler fishing for some time, said it was “horrifying” that illegal fishers were now bold enough to try and assassinate people.  

Koryürek said the number of illegal fishing boats in Istanbul had increased from around 50 in the last year to nearly 300 this year. 

“We need to be worried if the marine police and the coastguard are incapable of dealing with a few trawlers. The Interior Ministry should act immediately,” she said. 

“The act of trawler fishing must be eradicated,” Koryürek said.


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3/14/2012 5:34:10 PM

While so many illegal activities carry on under the noses of the authorities, who are often complicit, why does anyone expect a change? This is Turkey.

The Prisoner

3/7/2012 11:36:14 AM

All very well Sadalmelek but the Jandarma seem to be indifferent to the problem as I witnessed not 3 weeks ago!

Sadalmelek Photographe

3/5/2012 2:23:26 AM

Call Coastguard "158" when you see illegal fishing attempt.

Sadalmelek Photographe

3/5/2012 2:19:03 AM

First of all people has to be made concious of illegal fishing. We have to know that when an illegal fisherman attempts to do sth wrong, we can click the bottons of our telephone and call Coastguard or Police immediately.civic responsibility,call 158

The Prisoner

2/28/2012 9:50:15 AM

When a large school of large fish swim into the bay (not 20 metres from land) and the trawlers send their small boats out to net the lot before local guys can get organised, whilst the Coastguard looks on, I wonder what the heck is going on?

Tracy Lockett

2/27/2012 1:01:32 PM

You're right it just isn't - people are desperate to make a living and this is happening everywhere but hopefully without the violence that followed here

The Prisoner

2/12/2012 9:57:56 AM

At the moment there must be between 10 and 15 fishing trawlers in the Marmaris/Kumlubuk area. How is that pertinent to sustainable fishing?
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