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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.
Ioannis Loukakis sits next to his destroyed fishing boat "Smaragdi" at the village of Sarti, Greece, May 25, 2018. Loukakis said he was scrapping his boat, "because of my age and because I am tired. There are also too many expenses for oil, fishing lures and baits." I am feeling like IÕve been stabbed with a knife," he said of destroying his boat, "it is as if a human is dying." ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/REUTERS