Fishing boats that used to fish in Guinea Bissau. (Photo: Magrama)
Aid requested for fishermen fishing in Guinea Bissau
Friday, September 14, 2012, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) published a Ministerial Order in the Official Gazette requesting aids for the owners of the vessels affected by the expiry of the agreement between the European Union (EU) and Guinea Bissau.
The vessels are unable to follow fishing on the fishing grounds of the African country since the pact was cancelled last June.
Furthermore, the European Commission (EC) stated that no community vessel must continue fishing in these waters as the safety of the units can not be guaranteed as a result of the political situation in Guinea Bissau.
The aid, for which the estimated amount exceeds EUR 1.7 million, will be granted for a period of three months of temporary cessation conducted from 16 June to 15 September, 2012 inclusively.
The aid may be extended for a period of full months if the situation persists, up to a maximum of six months.
A total of 11 fishing vessels will benefit from these grants: 8 shellfish trawlers, all of them with base port in the autonomous community of Andalusia, and 3 cephalopod trawlers (two with base port in the Canary Islands and one in Andalusia).
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By Analia Murias