Rock-bottom worries

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Rock-bottom worries
MEETING: Fishing Guild chief Angel Lucho explains concerns to Santa Pola mayor Loreto Serrano Photo credit: Santa Pola town hall

SANTA POLA’S fishing guild maintained that directives protecting bottom-dwelling fish will ruin the Mediterranean fishing industry.

Angel Lucho, who heads the local guild, recently met Santa Pola’s mayor, Loreto Serrano to pass on members’ worries.

“This is undercover restructuring against trawling that will seriously damage the earnings of many families,” Lucho warned.

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Despite cutting back fishing fleets in recent years, Spain’s government continued to demand more and more reductions, he said.

The Santa Pola guild had complained on numerous occasions through the National Federation of Fishing Guilds and directly to the Ministry as well as the European Commission and European Parliament, Lucho added.

“Spain’s fishing fleet is small compared with other countries, but the government goes on reducing activity,” he told Serrano, who promised to support the sector.


“It would be disastrous for Santa Pola to lose so many direct and indirect jobs,” the mayor declared.  “Santa Pola fish covers not only the fishing sector but also local culture and tourism as so many restaurants and bars offer this product.”

 


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Linda Hall
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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