By Euro Weekly News Media • 28 February 2013 • 9:31
Caleta fishing fleet leads the way
THE Caleta de Velez Port lands more kilos of fish than any other port on the Costa del Sol.
It is also amongst the three most productive Mediterranean ports in Andalucia, beaten only by Punta Umbria and Isla Cristina in Huelva.
In total, 5.27 million kilos of fish were brought into the port and sold for €96 million in 2012.
In the whole of Andalucia, 20 ports received almost 39 million kilos of fish in 2012, 8.2 per cent more than in 2011, amounting to €123.9 million.
But these positive figures, the Costa del Sol Axarquia Community of Municipalities complains, are threatened by the use of new nets enforced by the EU.
Fishermen made the long trip to Madrid to discuss the problem.
Catches of some types of fish traditionally caught by Caleta boats are reported to have fallen by 60 per cent. The problem is the size of the mesh is too big for smaller species such as baby squid and octopus and anchovies.
The meeting was held with the General Director of Fishing Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ignacio Escobar. It had previously been agreed that the EU would check the nets used in this area to determine whether some type of exception could be made. However, no-one has yet visited the coast of Malaga to do so.
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Caleta is one of the worst ports for seabed destruction. The fishmermen dreg the bottom of the seabed and destroy all the young sealife. Caleta is also a great place to purchase all of the illegal catches – small fish that are banned from being fished.
Caleta is not a great port in any respect.
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