The president of the Association of Coastal Fisheries of Kalymnos, Costa Saroukos, spoke about the problems faced by Greek fishermen by the Turks in the aftermath of an incident in Imia.
“Everyday we live this phenomenon,” Saroukos emphasized on THEMA FM according to News Beast.
Saroukas underlined that “the Turks come to our waters and drive us away”.
“Currently, three Turkish purse seiners are fishing in Greek waters,” he said, noting that Greek fishermen in the eastern Aegean islands feel “they have no protection.”
Regarding Imia, Saroukos said that the islet “is guarded only by Turkish coastguards and not by Greek boats,” adding that “the presence of the Turks is daily” describing it as a “sin” to lose these islets.
On the day of the Epiphany, the Hellenic Coast Guard and the Turkish Coast Guard collided.
According to sources, at 10:30am a Turkish Coast Guard vessel collided with a newly built Rafnar type speedboat of the Greek Navy patrolling the area.
The incident took place in Greek territorial waters and damaged the Greek Coast Guard vessel.
Imia (Greek: Ίμια) is a pair of small uninhabited islets in the Aegean Sea, situated between the Greek island chain of the Dodecanese and the southwestern mainland coast of Turkey.