Fishing subsidies for Spanish fishermen

Fishing boat near Gibraltar.

DESPITE the fact that the Spanish government is still not confirmed, the sitting Popular Party, acting as the interim government, has found funds to continue to support fishermen of Algeciras and La Linea, who it is claimed have been adversely affected by the enforcement by the Gibraltar government of the area of territorial waters.

To this end, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment has undertaken to make the sum of €450,000 available in the form of compensation to fishermen who are unable to enter Gibraltar waters.

Although similar payments have been made in the past and it can be removed if the situation changes, it does appear that there may be more political intent rather than actual need with regards to this payment, as Spanish territorial waters are somewhat larger than those of Gibraltar.

Perhaps through a twist of logic, Spain fears that every time Gibraltar reclaims land from the sea that it automatically extends its waters and may eventually reach the Spanish mainland and Morocco!

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