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    Heavy fines for fish farms breaching laws

    Anatolia News Agency
    27.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    ANKARA - Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroğlu said there would be fines for those who did not move fish farms on the shores of Aegean provinces to open seas.

    Fish farms on Aegean cities’ shores had previously polluted the surrounding sea and were an eyesore.

    "March 30, 4:59 p.m. was the deadline to move the fish farms, we will not indulge anyone who did not meet this time limit," said Eroğlu. He said they were working to move the fish farms to new locations without polluting the environment, adding that they helped the fish farm owners by showing them suitable locations to move their farms. Despite all the help, there are some farm owners who still have not moved their farms, said Eroğlu. "First we will impose first level fines and then the fine will be doubled. At the second level, the farm will be forcefully removed and the owner will pay the cost of transportation at a price 50 percent higher," he said. The ministry has signed a protocol with the coast guard to fine the farms that do not move.
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