BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union (EU) Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an alliance ruling banning fish from using electric shocks before digging their nets as of July.
The European Court of Justice rejected the Dutch challenge, arguing that the EU did not take into account the latest scientific evidence when it ruled two years ago.
The decision will hit the Dutch fishing fleet hard, which has invested heavily in electric pulse fishing. They claim that the equipment is environmentally friendly, as it allows fishermen to use much less diesel and does not damage the seabed.
More than 80 of the Dutch Navy’s 137 fishing vessels are equipped for artillery fishing.
Opponents describe this method as industrial fishing that depletes fish stocks.
“The court rejects the claim filed by the Netherlands in its entirety,” the statement from the Judicial Acts Compulsory Enforcement Service reads.
The Fisheries Federation of the Netherlands has announced that the decision will lead to bankruptcy in the area already affected by the Brexit և COVID-19 epidemic.
“Costs will increase significantly due to the ban on Pul fishing. We are already seeing family companies quit smoking after generations of fishing. “There will be more bankruptcies,” said the federation.