EU fishing directives opposed

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EU fishing directives opposed
IN AGREEMENT: All parties backed town hall fishing policies Photo credit: Calpe town hall

ALL political groups on Calpe council backed a motion to ask Spain’s government to rethink legislation limiting trawler catches.

The central government plans to comply with EU directives to prevent overfishing and maintain the stocks of some Mediterranean species.

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Abiding by EU directives regulating trawlers entails an annual reduction in the number of fishing days allotted to each boat, which in some cases could mean a 40 per cent drop in current activities.

The local fishing sector’s fears that this could make it “impossible” to carry out “habitual tasks” had the backing of all Calpe councillors, regardless of party.

Reducing the number of fishing days would inevitably bring job losses as fewer catches would directly affect each boat’s earnings and profits, the town hall motion argued.


Calpe’s local government will now urge the central Administration and others linked to the fishing industry to halt its plans to carry out an improved study and better ways of applying the EU initiative.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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