The Government transfers that the works for the resource for the bottom fishing veto are “well advanced”


The General Secretary of Fisheries, Alicia Villauriz, participated this Tuesday in Burela (Lugo) in the Interfederal Meeting of Fishermen’s Associations of Cantabria-Northwest, in which the main immediate challenges of the sector of these fisheries were discussed, such as the upcoming negotiations on the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and quotas for 2023 or regulatory changes for the brotherhoods to be recognized as producer organizations, among others.

As reported by the Ministry, regarding the veto of bottom fishing in 87 areas of the Atlantic, Villauriz reported that the work carried out by the legal services of the State to prepare the recourse that Spain will file before the Court of Justice of the European Union against the implementing regulation of the European Commission is “very advanced”.

For the negotiations on the TACs and the quotas which will have to be decided at the Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries of the European Union next December, Alicia Villauriz recalled that, in the case of horse mackerel, Spain defends, within the framework of the negotiations, that it maintains with the United Kingdom “a reasonable reduction” in the TAC for this species and that directed catches are maintained.

Likewise, it has transferred to the sector the good anchovy fishing forecasts, based on the reports of the International Council for the Exploitation of the Sea (ICES) for this stock, which will probably allow the current TAC to be maintained.

During the meeting, the representatives of the brotherhoods of the Cantabrian communities and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Corporations discussed the main challenges they currently face with the different administrations involved.

With regard to the access of the brotherhoods to the aid financed by the European Maritime Fund for Fisheries and Aquaculture (Fempa), the Secretary transferred the legislative developments in which the Ministry is working, aimed at promoting and facilitating that they can apply for recognition as a Fisheries Producers Organization (PPO).

In this way, they would have the possibility of accessing European aid without losing the characteristics of a figure as deeply rooted in Spain as the brotherhoods.

Community legislation limits the exclusive access of producers’ organizations to this aid with which they can undertake actions aimed at improving the marketing and modernization of fishing activity.

The Ministry has supported the figure of PPOs as instruments to promote the added value of fishery products and, since 2018, it has tripled the funds allocated to them.

During the meeting, as reported by the ministry, the issue of qualifications was also discussed and the difficulties of recruiting staff on tall ships and possible solutions were analyzed.

Likewise, the fishing situation after the first weeks of application of the fishing veto in 87 areas of the Atlantic was analysed.

The General Secretariat for Fisheries and the organizations of the sector carry out ad hoc monitoring of the activity of the fleet in order to be able to assess the changes that occur in all the segments concerned, in relation to the activity carried out during the same quarter. from last year.

At this stage, Alicia Villauriz has indicated that the work carried out by the State’s judicial services to prepare the appeal that Spain will bring before the Court of Justice of the European Union against the Commission’s implementing regulation European are well advanced. .

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