The Commission recognizes the existence of blame in the non-compliant fisheries sector; but does not clearly refer to those guilty of them
Complaint for breach of the rules on the power declared in fishing vessels
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 16:50 (GMT + 9)
For a long time, La Opinión de La Coruña has been denouncing the lack of control, by the fishing authorities of Spain, in the power capacity of the fishing fleet engines that make their captures in waters of the Northwest Cantabrian national fishing ground. To this claim of LA OPINION, the ship owner company Armadora Parleros S.L., has been added abounding in the fact. Above all, because Brussels does not suspend European aid which, in a good way, should also be the recognition that the General Secretariat of Fisheries of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has looked and continues to look the other way in relation to the breach of this rule on the power of ships. Such recognition should be extensive, in view of the powers in the engines that develop ships of different nationalities of the European Union, as defaulting as the Spaniards. Especially some fishing units with the flag of Portugal.
For the owner of Parleros the most obvious breach occurs in the trawler fleet. Blame it on both those responsible for Spanish Fisheries and the European Commission for their inaction. And the most curious thing is that the European Commission itself recognizes the existence of sufficient "evidence" for Parleros to issue the complaint.
Photo: Greenpeace España
Whatever it is, there is nothing more to see the ships, the extent of the rigs they use and the driving power (kW) of the ships, and the gross tonnage (GT) of these to draw conclusions. With these simple data, both the Spanish and the community administration would have sufficient grounds to, in the first instance, oblige shipowners to correct such irregularities and, if not, apply the legislation starting by not approving requests for aid for modernization of vessels that cover the indicated administrations and the shipowner to the extent established. And, whatever is said, in the sea some shipowners played with the resources of many families who, each year, run out of fishing opportunities because the resource is depleted. What will happen to them the day the European Commission decides to apply more cuts in the target fisheries?
Author: Antón Luaces / laopinioncoruna.es (Read full story here -SPANISH)