Fishing boats back in the Mediterranean off Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

Returning from a day’s fishing Credit: Hernán Piñera

THIS week, the Marbella fishing fleet of eight vessels of the purse seine type returned to the water after being laid up since March 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the State of Alarm.

Whilst their absence will have helped to some extent in contributing to marine stability and regeneration of fishing stocks, it has also meant that those involved were without work.

Now they are back, they have to face another problem which is the demand for their catches as so many hotels and restaurants, their main customers, have closed down for the duration of the State of Alarm.

It is estimated that in most cases, prices have dropped by 60 per cent compared to their February catches and this in itself has meant that the local Fishing Association has appealed for financial assistance and support from the authorities.

Fresh fish is now easily available to purchase in the market and a number of fisherman are accepting telephone orders with delivery arranged.

It is generally agreed that fish constitutes part of a healthy diet and purchasing this locally caught product will help the fishermen to be able to afford to continue to serve Marbella.

Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page