OFF THE HOOK: Caleta de Velez fisherman reach agreement with wholesalers

FISHY BUSINESS: Buyers refused to purchase fish at Malaga’s busiest fishing port. Photo: Shutterstock

FISHERMEN in Caleta de Velez have reached an agreement with wholesalers allowing them to begin selling their catches once more.

Following more than a month of conflict which saw buyers refuse to purchase fish at Malaga’s busiest fishing port, the two sides have come to a compromise over discounts on buying 10 or more boxes of catch.

Fishermen, who had previously withdrawn a 5 per cent discount, agreed to reinstate the offer and instead gradually reduce it by one per cent a year for five years.  In turn, wholesalers have committed to continue buying around half the vessels’ daily catch at the market.

Maria del Carmen Navas, head of the Caleta Fishermen’s Association, claimed only some wholsealers had signed up to the compromise, however, meaning fishermen would still be forced to send  almost half their catches to markets outside Andalucia.

She added: “We are not happy. Ship-owners think that what they are asking for is fair…We want all catches to be sold at market so they do not have to be transported.”

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