Entire Spanish fishing fleet to stay in port until next Wednesday 23

Entire Spanish fishing fleet to stay in port until next Wednesday 23. Credit: Fife Flickr

Action by the Spanish fishermen’s guild sees the entire fleet moored in port until a meeting takes place next week with the government

Basilio Otero, the president of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Guilds, announced this Friday, March 18, that the Spanish fishing fleet will remain in port until next Wednesday 23. This action comes as a result of the “very serious moment” that the fishing sector is suffering after the rise in fuel prices.

A meeting is scheduled to take place next Wednesday 23, between Mr Otero and Luis Planas, the head of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, to seek solutions to the predicament.

“The sustainability of the fishing sector right now is in your hands”, he warned the minister, from whom he has also demanded, “firm, forceful, and immediate proposals, or the fishing sector is going to sink”.

In a statement, Otero explained that, given the rise in fuel, an agreement has been reached in the Executive Committee and the Permanent Commission of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Guilds. ‘Urgently and extraordinary, it is agreed to request the mooring of the entire Spanish fleet’, until the meeting with Planas it stated.

“This is due to the very serious situation that the fishing sector is going through”, the statement added. The action affects some 200 associations, with around 40,000 members, almost 9,000 of whom are boat owners, as reported by 101tv.es.

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