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Protest at Excessive Fish Farming

13 March 2008

GREECE - Rising water pollution levels in Greece's Amvrakikos Gulf has angered local residents. They says increased aquaculture activity is to blame and they want tougher controls to protect one of the country’s most significant wetlands

According to National New sheet Ekathimerini, protesters say that the coastal environment is being destroyed by excessive fish farming, the uncontrolled dumping of waste and the removal of large volumes of water.

A demonstration to highlight their concern is planned for 23 March 2008 in the northwestern port of Preveza.

“I am afraid that the Amvrakikos Gulf has been abandoned to its fate,” said Preveza Mayor Miltiadis Klapas. He said the state has approved the establishment of an organization to protect the wetland but that the plans are still on paper.

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