€400,000 for fishermen on Mar Menor in Murcia after being tied up since thousands of fish died

Podemos Region de Murcia/Sergio Gonzalez
Demonstrators campaigning for Mar Menor clean-up

Fishermen of San Pedro del Pînatar will be paid a total of €400,000 as they can not fish in the Mar Menor after the recent massive fish death event at the lagoon on the Costa Calida in Spain.

The cash will be shared between 40 boat owners who have had to remain tied up since October 12 in the wake of a lack of oxygen in the lagoon devastating marine life. 

Tonnes of dead fish and crustaceans had to be cleared from beaches when what is though to be nitrates pollution caused the water to lose oxygen. 

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The  money is coming from Murcia regional council and is the maximum allowed by law, said counc  

The Governing Council has given the green light this Thursday to the decree granting such aid with the maximum funds allowed by law, said council spokeswoman Ana Martinez Vidal. 

Although the national government  was expected to provide half of the funds, she said, the Murcia  has decided to pay the full amount up front to help alleviate the financial pressure being suffered by the fishermen. 


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