By John Smith •
Published: 01 Jun 2021 • 11:13
Divers will need to obey the rules
AS there are many more requests to grant licences to fish for octopus, the Government is amending the 2015 decree to help protect stocks and introducing new rules to protect shellfish and octopus.
In order to ensure the sustainability of the resource and the activity of octopus fishing, a closed period is established (60 days a year for octopus in all areas less than 50 metres deep), in addition, a minimum size and the moorings suitable for the catching of the species are modified.
At the same time, this decree establishes a mandatory weekly break of 41 hours for all professional shellfish and octopus fishing.
During this period, which is from 10pm on Friday to 3pm on Sunday, all nets and in particular octopus traps, must be removed from the sea and must remain on land or onboard the boats.
The decree also allows for the creation of a monitoring group to ensure that the new rules are complied with.
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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.
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