Livelihoods threatened in fishing sector

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Livelihoods threatened in fishing sector
VILLAJOYOSA DEMONSTRATION: Santa Pola’s fishing community backed last week’s protest Photo credit: Villajoyosa town hall

MEMBERS of Santa Pola’s fishing fleet joined last week’s demonstration in Villajoyosa protesting about restrictive EU measures.

The demonstration was attended not only by the Santa Pola fishermen but also the local mayor Loreto Serrano and several councillors wanting to make clear their support for the sector.

Like trawlermen all along Spain’s Mediterranean fleet, the Santa Pola contingent agreed that they face ruin once they are permitted only 120 working days each year instead of a viable 190.

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The Brussels’ regulations would endanger thousands of jobs that depend directly and indirectly on trawling, they warned

“Bottom trawling is sustainable and has been since time immemorial,” they argued.  “It is a driving force of the economy along the Mediterranean coast.”


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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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