Fish poachers threatening livelihoods

2005/05/06 09:00:00 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife
Vicente Rivero, leading employer of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes fishermen’s guild at Los Cristianos, proposed a restriction on the days the sporting sector could operate. He said the unfair competition was hitting employees’ pockets as catches were being sold at prices undercutting their own. Population growth in the region had seen the development of different types of fishing in wide-ranging waters and professionals were vulnerable due to administrations’ inaction. There was a need to apply guilds’ right of first sale and to step up inspections not just at sea, but also in bars, restaurants and fish shops, anywhere that fish were marketed. In other news, Canary Islands fish farmers, who say they do not have the necessary Regional Government support to expand locally, are casting their net further to neighbouring Morocco. Businesses are investing seven million euros in a feed factory in the African country after carrying out an April trade mission to Agadir. They plan to concentrate on dorada and sea bass, which are the main Tenerife exploitations at Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes and San Andr�s, plus lobsters and prawns.