Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

GONHS has noted the regrettable outcome of the illegal raking case, which dates back to an incident at Catalan Bay on 26th December 2014, and which GONHS has been closely monitoring.

After three years and twenty court appearances, a judicial review and a two-day trial, no one has been convicted of offences under the Nature Protection Act 1991 and yet the Commissioner of Police, Eddie Yome, had himself tweeted that all six vessels (fishing illegally that morning) would be reported for process.

An article in the Gibraltar Chronicle (22/11/2017) reported that the Stipendiary Magistrate, Charles Pitto, questioned the sequence of events and the police’s handling of the incident, saying that he had been surprised that fishermen had been told to leave and later reported, in January 2015.

Raking the seabed is a destructive fishing method, which is quite rightly prohibited under the Nature Protection Act.

GONHS has previously issued press releases condemning this and other illegal fishing activities, lamented the lack of meaningful enforcement by the Royal Gibraltar Police and called for strict application of the Nature Protection Act.

Whilst we acknowledge that there are factors that make this a challenge, law enforcement agencies in Gibraltar, including the RGP and DEHCC, are well equipped with a number of vessels.

Properly led operations, with competent crews, coordination between agencies and support from the Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron are necessary to restore confidence in the rule of law at sea and in doing so protect Gibraltar’s rich marine life.

Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

Hassan Centenary Terraces - Joint Statement from the 3 NGOs represented on DPC

 The following statement was read out by GONHS General Secretary, Dr Keith Bensusan at the meeting of the Development and Planning Commission on 1th February 2019:

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Purple Sandpiper rescued

Purple Sandpiper rescued

A Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) was rescued from Sandy Bay beach  after being found entangled in discarded fishing line. 

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Wintering Seabirds Outing

Wintering Seabirds Outing

Our first outing of the year took place on Saturday 19th January at Harding's Observation Post, Europa Point.

Despite the forecast, the rain held off for the most part but the dark clouds and offshore breeze were not conducive to a great afternoon's birding.

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EuroBirdwatch 2018

EuroBirdwatch 2018

GONHS celebrated the 25th EuroBirdwatch last weekend, a Europe-wide event organised by BirdLife International to highlight bird migration and conservation.  The event has been celebrated in Gibraltar every year since 1993, when it began.  

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GONHS at BirdFair

GONHS at BirdFair

The Society was represented by our hard-working council member Jill Yeoman, at the Bird Fair held at Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water, Oakham from the 17th - 19th August. 

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Rare Plants of Inglis Way

Rare Plants of Inglis Way

By this time of the year (June) many plant species on the Rock are already going to seed and everything seems to be drying up, but there are still some interesting plants which are fully in bloom. A number of these can be found along Inglis Way, and some only here and nowhere else in the Upper Rock.

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Sierra Crestellina Outing

Sierra Crestellina Outing

April's GONHS outing took place at the beautiful mountains of Sierra Crestellina, near the town of Casares, Spain.

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Brazo del Este Outing

Brazo del Este Outing

May's GONHS outing took place last weekend on a birding bonanza to Brazo del Este, Seville.  Those who attended were in for a treat!

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