The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) has sent the representatives of the trawl fishing sector and the autonomous communities of the Mediterranean the draft resolution by which the fishing days attributed to Spain are definitively assigned for 2020 in accordance with the Community fishing effort management scheme for demersal fisheries in the western Mediterranean. This assignment has been carried out by the General Secretariat of Fisheries complying with the mandatory consultations and after reviewing the available data and the receipt of the requests by the representative entities of the sector.
However, the days of activity assigned to the boats do not satisfy the Malaga fleet, which has announced the presentation of allegations because it understands that the fixed fishing days make the activity unviable for most of the boats. At least this way, the president of the provincial federation of the Brotherhoods of Sinners of Malaga and the main patron of the Brotherhood of Caleta de Vélez, María del Carmen Navas, has pointed out that, if there is no reverse gear, many boats will have to be moored to port without being able to finish the year.
Although the brotherhoods of the province initially requested the assignments individually, in a second instance they have also requested it jointly, since collective management is encouraged with the distribution of a reserve of 5% of the fishing days , provided for in the regulations, among the ships of these entities. "What we are pursuing is to see which option interests us most," Navas explained.
According to the Ministry, those who have opted for joint management enjoy greater flexibility when managing fishing days and meet one of the main demands of the sector: their participation in the management of the fishing effort regime.
Cuts to the fleet
The mayor of Caleta de Vélez has announced that the Malaga brotherhoods are going to present allegations considering that it makes no sense to impose cuts on the Spanish fleet, while the African can continue to fish without any restrictions. «France and Italy have managed to keep the activity because they have admitted the scrapping effort they have already made. Spain has also carried out this scrapping and yet they cut back the days of activity, even though we only work 12 hours a day instead of the 15 that are allowed. We ask that it be taken into account, but it has not been computed, ?Navas pointed out.
The trawling of the Malaga fleet is multi-species. It does not focus on a single species, but covers a wide range: mullets, prawns, lobsters, lobsters, crayfish, horse mackerel, whiting, snapper and sole, among others. In the province there are more than 30 vessels that are dedicated to trawling. Most of the boats are based in Caleta de Vélez and Fuengirola. Some have received annual allowances of just 130 days a year, which is insufficient for shipowners and crews.
Recently, municipalities such as that of Vélez-Málaga have agreed in full to urge the central government to paralyze the application of the multi-year plan that regulates trawling in the Western Mediterranean until it is assessed and a report is made on the effects of its application on the fishing fleet. The Veleña corporation has asked the Government to carry out a socio-economic study with the participation of the Junta de Andalucía on the effect of the application in the trawling sector of the multi-year Plan for the management of demersal resources of the Mediterranean, and that it takes into account the significant effort carried out by the sector in recent years, which has