Three snorkel divers were caught poaching protected species off an Almuñécar beach yesterday by the Guardia Civil.
All three culprits are from Chipiona (Cádiz) and have been charged with offenses against protected flora and fauna after being caught with 184 kilos of sea anemones.
The incident occurred on the 18th when a Guardia Civil patrol came across the three men on Playa San Cristóbal with their catch. They had travelled over from Cádiz because, thanks to illegal fishing, these creatures are difficult to find.
The policemen actually arrived in time to see them coming out of the water with their catch.
It should be pointed out that you can ‘fish’ anemones up to twelve kilos per person on any one day, which means that each one of them was five times over the permited catch quota.
Furthermore, to fish from the beach or on a riverbank you need a fishing licence, which should be obtained from the Dirección General de Pesca y Acuicultura de la Junta de Andalucía but they hadn’t done so.
Sea anemones (Anemonia sulcata) or Mediterranean snakelocks sea anemone are a gastronomic delicacy in Cádiz and Sevilla, which is why the Cádiz lads were down this way – the Málaga and Cádiz waters have been almost completely fished out of this species because of this demand. However, it is not something that ends up in restaurants in our province.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)