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Jul 5, 2018

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap

Hundreds of fishermen like him are turning in their boats and their licences, partly because catches are down, partly because the EU and the Greek government are offering them cash to leave the trade, under a scheme to protect fish stocks.

Europe's environment agency says those stocks have reached a critical level in the Mediterranean, with serious implications for the people living on its shores who have found their food there for centuries.

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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A flock of sheep pass by Stelios Didonis' fishing boat "Panagiotis", as it is sent for destruction, at the port town of Stavros, Greece, June 13, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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A fishing net from Panagiotis Pagonis' boat "Katerina" floats off the shore of Asprovalta, Greece, June 11, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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A crane destroys Theodoros Karagiannis' fishing boat, "Agios Theodoros", at the port town of Stavros, Greece, June 13, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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Fisherman Panagiotis Pagonis, 72, pets a dog while sitting with friends next to the pier in the town of Asprovalta, Greece, June 22, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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Fisherman Panagiotis Pagonis arranges his nets as his wife Vassiliki stands on the balcony of their house at the town of Asprovalta, Greece, June 21, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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A boat under construction sits by the sea at Nikos Glannakis' traditional shipyard at the port town of Ierissos, Greece, June 1, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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A crane destroys Theodoros Karagiannis' fishing boat, "Agios Theodoros", at the port town of Stavros, Greece, June 13, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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A boat that is to be destroyed is seen at the port town of Ierissos, Greece, June 1, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Ioannis Loukakis sits next to his destroyed fishing boat "Smaragdi" at the village of Sarti, Greece, May 25, 2018. Loukakis said he was scrapping his boat, "because of my age and because I am tired. There are also too many expenses for oil, fishing lures and baits." I am feeling like IÕve been stabbed with a knife," he said of destroying his boat, "it is as if a human is dying." ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Dimitris Ioannou, 30, works on a wooden tourist boat at his family's traditional shipyard at the port town of Ierissos, Greece, June 1, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Fisherman Panagiotis Pagonis, 72, (L) and his fellow fisherman Dimitris Karapetsas, 67, are seen onboard Pagonis' boat "Katerina" off the shores of Asprovalta, Greece, June 11, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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A piece of Panagiotis Pagonis' fishing boat "Katerina" is decorated with its name after it was destroyed in the town of Asprovalta, Greece, June 22, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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The steering wheel of Ioannis Loukakis' fishing boat "Smaragdi" is seen in the village of Sarti, Greece, May 25, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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A fishing boat sails near the shores of Asprovalta, Greece, June 12, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Bits of wood rest against a wall at Vasilios Kefalas's traditional shipyard in the port town of Stavros, Greece, June 1, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Theodoros Karagiannis, 61, carries a piece of his destroyed fishing boat, "Agios Theodoros", at the port town of Stavros, Greece, June 13, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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Dimitris Karapetsas, 67, fishes onboard Panagiotis Pagonis' boat "Katerina" off the shores of Asprovalta, Greece, June 11, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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A worker kneels under Stelios Didonis' fishing boat "Panagiotis" before it is sent for destruction, at the port town of Stavros, Greece, June 13, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Fisherman Stelios Didonis, 48, is seen onboard his boat "Panagiotis" at the port town of Stavros, Greece, June 11, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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A catch of shrimps are seen on Panagiotis Pagonis' boat "Katerina", off the shores of Asprovalta, Greece, June 12, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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The sea is seen through a window at a traditional shipyard belonging to Nikos Glannakis in the port town of Ierissos, Greece, June 1, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Fisherman Dimitris Karapetsas, 67, tries to release a fish from the net onboard Panagiotis Pagonis' boat "Katerina", off the shores of Asprovalta, Greece, June 12, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Fisherman Stelios Didonis, 48, stands onboard his boat "Panagiotis", two days before it is destroyed, at the port town of Stavros, Greece, June 11, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Fisherman Panagiotis Pagonis, 72, pulls in the nets onboard his boat "Katerina", off the shores of Asprovalta, Greece, June 12, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

As stocks deplete, Greek fishermen send boats to scrap
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Panagiotis Ioannou, cuts wood at his traditional shipyard in the port town of Ierissos, Greece, June 1, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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Dimitris Karapetsas, 67, fishes onboard Panagiotis Pagonis' boat "Katerina" off the shores of Asprovalta, Greece, June 12, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS

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