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Jul 5, 2018

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 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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