Javea takes on the Ministry

FISHING SECTOR: Essential to Javea’s economyPhoto credit: Elgatininvisible

JAVEA, like Denia, is opposing an Environment Ministry ban on fishing techniques where nets are in contact with the seabed in protected marine areas.

It would mean eliminating the Tresmall method practised on this part of the coast and Javea town hall and the local Fishing Guild have agreed on the wording of their appeal to be approved at the next council meeting.

“Any regulations aimed at a more rational, respectful and sustainable use of natural resources in Javea and the Marina Alta are good news,” a town hall statement declared.


“Nevertheless this cannot put at risk activities like our traditional fishing practices that are of great economic, social and cultural valued,” the statement continued.

Earlier, Javea’s mayor Jose Chulvi and Marta Bañuls, the councillor responsible for Fisheries had met representatives from the Fishing Guild to assure them that they had the town hall’s backing.

“At the town hall we are clearly committed to protecting the environment.  But we are even more committed to the survival of the local fishing sector which is essential to our town,” the motion said.

“Furthermore we consider that these issues are easily compatible, especially taking into account the size of our traditional Tresmall fleet and its commitment to good professional practices.”

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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