The fishing sector of the province of Almeria adrift

TRAWLERS ALMERIA: Fishing days cut off by Brussels Photo credit: elenaguiadealmeria

HALF of the 43 trawlers in the province of Almeria could disappear thanks to the fishing quotas recently agreed in Brussels.

“The situation is complicated,” said Carmen Crespo, head of the regional government’s agriculture and fisheries department, after bottom trawling in the western Mediterranean in 2022 was reduced by a further 6 percent.

“This is not a positive result, even with voluntary acceptance of selective measures allowing 2% more fishing days,” Crespo said after the EU’s Fisheries Council ignored Spain’s objections and decided to make reductions.

Crespo accompanied the Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Luis Planas to Brussels where, together with the Andalusian fishing industry associations Faape and Facope, they unsuccessfully pleaded their cause.

“This further 6 percent reduction follows a 17.5 percent reduction that affects many families who depend on trawling,” Crespo said after 40 hours of fruitless negotiations.

Supporting the Mediterranean proposals meant letting down the Spanish fishing industry and depriving it of its future and livelihood, Planas warned.

Linda came to Spain to live at the age of 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She started writing for local English-language newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she deems vital to spreading the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way, she has produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English speakers expand their knowledge of the language. She was thrilled to be part of the birth of Euro Weekly News in 1999 and still writes passionately for the newspaper 22 years later.

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