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.
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.”