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.

Gibraltar Bird Report 2021

Gibraltar Bird Report 2021

Welcome to the Gibraltar Bird Report 2021.

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OS 35 Incident

OS 35 Incident

OS 35 Incident 

The Bulk Carrier OS 35 was involved in a collision with the Adam LNG south of Europa Point on the evening of the 29th August. The OS 35 started to sink, and was directed by the Port Authorities to the East Side of the Rock, where it was decided to beach the vessel to prevent it sinking altogether.

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Birdlife Eurobirdwatch 22.  30th Anniversary

Birdlife Eurobirdwatch 22. 30th Anniversary

Birdlife Eurobirdwatch 22.  30th Anniversary

 

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society will be celebrating the 22 edition of the Birdlife EuroBirdwatch on Saturday the 1st of October.

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Raptor Rescue

Raptor Rescue

The 25th May was specially hectic for the number of raptors that fell into the sea.  Most of these are young non-breeding and inexperienced birds that fall foul of windy conditions in the Strait.

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Sierra De Las Nieves Outing

Sierra De Las Nieves Outing


The Sierra de las Nieves outing was held on Saturday 21st May.  A good group of people attended and the weather was magnificent.

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Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

 

GONHS notes with much sadness the passing of Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, Governor of Gibraltar 1993-1995 and Honorary Life Patron of the Society.

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Gibraltar Bird Report 2020

Gibraltar Bird Report 2020

Welcome to the 2020 issue of the Gibraltar Bird Report.

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The Remarkable Lives of Gibraltar's Swifts Uncovered

The Remarkable Lives of Gibraltar's Swifts Uncovered

 A paper has just been published by the journal PLOS ONE which reveals the remarkable lives of pallid swifts that nest in the attic of The Gibraltar National Museum. ‘Birds with multiple homes. The annual cycle of the pallid swift (Apus pallidus brehmorum)’ details the incredible exploits of these birds, from when they leave for Africa after breeding until their return the following spring.

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