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In the Mediterranean, Europe wants to raise the level of protection of marine areas

2022-06-24T16:42:47.734Z

SURVEY – Due to lack of appropriate management, some sanctuaries, such as that of Samaria, in Crete, are struggling to repopulate.



Special Envoy to Samaria (Greece)

To catch as many fish as his father did forty years ago, George Parakis has to cast

"ten times the length of the net"

into the transparent water of the Samaria marine reserve in southwestern Crete.

“Everything has changed, only the water is the same

,” sighs the fisherman who, at 32, is the youngest in the port of Chora Sfakion.

With a heartbroken smile, he admits having more and more difficulty living decently from his profession and says he is

“very pessimistic”

for the future.

Overfishing harms coastal species, and the red mullet, octopus, sea bream that the Greeks eat for lunch and dinner tend to disappear.

In storefront, the island's diving clubs display the promise of exceptional underwater landscapes.

"Paper area"

"We have caves, reefs and extraordinary visibility up to 50 meters, but life is less and less rich

," says Costas Milonakis, boat captain and diving instructor.

Last year, we happened to…

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Source: lefigaro

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