The fishing sector studies “legal actions” and does not rule out strikes due to the decision to close 87 fishing areas


The Spanish fishing sector will study “legal options” in relation to the decision announced today by the European Commission (EC) to close 87 fishing zones, approved last June by an application act within the framework of the Regulation on access to deep waters, as reported by Cepesca.

From the sector an emergency meeting has been held to analyze this decision by the EC and the call for strikes and concentrations before different European and Spanish organizations is not ruled out.

Thus, from Cepesca they indicated that they will coordinate with other European organizations through the European Bottom Fishing Alliance (EBFA), which will also meet this Friday as a matter of urgency.

“While waiting to know the legal text, the sector denounces that it has not had the corresponding mandatory consultations or an analysis of the socioeconomic impact and is also based on reports with scientific gaps, such as the exclusive use of the footprint of fishing from trawlers, and not from fixed gear”, explained the organization.

Cepesca pointed out that the application act prohibits all fishing activities that involve contact with the seabed (trawling, longlining, gillnetting, etc.) in 87 fishing areas in France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, which would have “devastating consequences ”.

“The regulation would have a very negative impact on the future of bottom fishing in the Atlantic and, therefore, on more than 10,000 fishermen,” he stated, while noting that in the Spanish case, it would affect some 500 vessels of different fishing modalities. bottom fishing: above all, the trawling fleets of the Gulf of Cadiz, the bottom longline -pincho and volanta- and NEAFC trawling (Gran Sol), and the trawling, bottom longline, volanta and rasco, and gear minors from the Northwest Cantabrian Sea; in total about 500 vessels that catch shrimp, crayfish, hake, sea bream, alfonsino and black sable, among other species, and more than 2,500 fishermen.

In this sense, the president of EBFA, Iván López van der Veen, pointed out that they already foresaw that the European Commission “was not going to stick to reason” and for this reason an EBFA general assembly was already convened for this Friday.

“We consider that there has been a lot of arbitrariness in the creation of this regulation and we also doubt that the Commission has the capacity to make these decisions in some cases. Therefore, we want to see the legal text to make decisions”, he added.