Cephalopod and shrimp vessels to be granted aids. (Photo: JC Gonzalez /StockFile/FIS)
Fishermen affected by fishing pact with Guinea Bissau to be indemnified
Friday, July 06, 2012, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) processes aid provision for fishing vessel owners and crew members operating in the fishing area of Guinea Bissau and having to leave after the suspension of the agreement between the European Union (EU) and that country.
As a result of the political situation in Guinea Bissau, and given the impossibility of ensuring the safety of the ships and their crew members in such waters, the EU Council decided not to complete the internal approval process of the new covenant for the implementation of the fisheries bilateral agreement.
To mitigate the difficulties faced by the fleet affected due to the suspension of the agreement and to having no other grounds for fishing, a process for providing assistance under the criteria and conditions set forth in Article 21 of Regulation EC 1198/2006 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) has been launched.
As reported by the Ministry in a press release, the aids for ship owners would reach approximately EUR 290,000 per month, and for the crew members they would amount to EUR 45,000 per month.
These grants are intended to 11 freezer trawlers belonging to the shrimp and cephalopod fleet, whose activity has been interrupted.
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By Analia Murias