By Oisin Sweeney • 14 January 2021 • 17:35
Illegal fish products deemed safe for consumption have been donated to Spain's food banks - Image Source: Guardia Civil
GUARDIA CIVIL officers seized over 40,000 kilograms of illegal fish in 2020 in a nationwide crackdown on black market fishing.
The Guardia Civil has a dedicated unit working to impose Spain’s regulations on its coastlines to combat illegal, undeclared, and unregulated fishing. Last year, the group seized an impressive 40,000 kilograms of illegal fish across the country.
The aim of the Guardia Civil’s crackdown is to protect consumers, who could be consuming products that have not passed safety regulations. It is also to control and conserve Spain’s fisheries, which is an important industry in many coastal areas.
Fish products that have passed health tests and have been approved for consumption will be donated to food banks, which have seen a surge in demand across Spain due to the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. The rest will be destroyed to keep them safely away from potential consumers.
Some fishermen and distributors of illegal catches have faced criminals charges for offenses against public health. Most Spanish customers purchase their fresh fish from local trusted shops (pescaderia), though Guardia Civil has warned that unregulated products have been detected across the country.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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