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MagazineJul 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.
Fisherman Panagiotis Pagonis arranges his nets as his wife Vassiliki stands on the balcony of their house at the town of Asprovalta, Greece, June 21, 2018. ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS