Swedish drones to combat illegal eel fishing

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Catching eels has been banned in Sweden since 2007 though some fishing of the snakelike fish is allowed. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)
The Swedish Coast Guard and the Agency for Marine and Water Management will soon deploy aerial drones to help stop the illegal fishing of the critically endangered European eel.

The project is based in Skåne county where drones will scan the coastline looking for illegal fishing traps that are placed about a half-of-a-meter underwater.

Drones will scan the coastline looking for illegal fishing traps. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

In 2016, almost 200 unmarked and illegal traps were seized by the agencies nationwide. And last year that number almost doubled.

Catching eels has been banned in Sweden since 2007 though some fishing of the snakelike fish is allowed.

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