The Sciacca fishing community protests against the EU’s plan to restrict trawling fishing methods.

Sciacca, a coastal city in Sicily, hosted a national day of protest against the European Union’s plan to heavily restrict bottom trawling fishing by 2030. Cooperatives, fishing companies, and trade unions gathered to express their opposition to what they see as another decision made without considering the impact on workers. Around 20% of Italy’s entire fishing industry relies on bottom trawling, with 500 fishing boats in Sicily engaged in this practice. Protesters argued that these measures ignore the Mediterranean’s specific conditions and could lead to the disappearance of an entire productive sector. They called for Brussels to acknowledge the responsible practices of Italian fishermen.