Stop Subsidizing Illegal Fishing Operations

pirate fishing

Target: President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy

Goal: End legal support of a company notorious for massive, illegal fishing schemes

A company know for massive illegal fishing raids has received almost 16 million euros in subsidies by the European Union (EU) and Spanish Government. Vidal Armadores S.A.’s (Vidal) list of unsustainable actions is long and gruesome. For over a decade, many ships operating under Vidal’s jurisdiction have caught and transported fish illegally, while unashamedly switching “country of origin” flags and ship names to mislead those responsible for discovering and prosecuting fishing crimes. Vidal employees take fish from already depleted populations, use destructive fishing gear and haul endangered fish species illegally to sell to countries.

The oceans are vastly unhealthy due to unprecedented amounts of unsustainable human interference. While many concerned fishing companies are practicing sustainable fishing, countless other companies are greedily avoiding laws and overfishing using unsustainable methods, with Vidal being a particular offender.

Greenpeace has exposed Vidal operations before, and governments have had many opportunities to stop the company’s pirate schemes for good. However, even though countless members of Vidal have been caught and prosecuted, the company continues to damage the oceans and contribute to a global fish crisis. Urge the EU and Spanish government to stop subsidizing companies that consistently break the rules and contribute to global crisis.


Dear President Juncker and Prime Minister Rajoy,

I am writing on behalf of the oceans, and the people who depend on them for survival; i.e., everything alive. A pirate fishing company known to the world as Vidal Armadores S.A. has caused massive damage to the oceans’ fish populations, endangered fish included. Instead of facing criminal charges as a whole company, forcing the company’s practices to stop indefinitely, Vidal has received massive amounts in subsidies by both the EU and Spanish government.

Growing up, I learned that wrongdoers should be punished for their actions, not rewarded. I stand by this lesson today as I urge you to stop funding the oceans’ demise. Individuals associated with Vidal have been caught and tried; however, the elusive company continues to fly false flags and decimate struggling fish populations. Vidal’s reign must be put to an end.

Please stop subsidizing companies known for unsustainable practices. Vidal must be stopped, once and for all. I urge you to punish those still involved with Vidal at the next opportunity. Together we can save the oceans and their inhabitants from trauma and death.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Salvatore Barbera via Flickr

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