Horse mackerel. (Photo: Stock File)
Horse mackerel fishery reopened
Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
The Secretariat General of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), decided to reopen horse mackerel fishery to mitigate the problems faced by the coastal fleet.
This was announced by Carlos Domínguez, secretary general of fisheries, at a meeting convened in Madrid to assess the difficult situation experienced by this fleet due to the limited quotas available for the current year.
The horse mackerel fishery will be reopened on Tuesday, 10 July until the additional fishing opportunities available to the sector last.
The Secretariat will implement the necessary mechanisms to obtain additional quota of horse mackerel for 2012 through exchanges of other Member States, for example with Portugal. The entity will also make use of flexibility between areas IX and VIII C, thanks to the solidarity of the associations fishing in Zone IX and implementing inter-annual flexibility considered in the Control Regulation EC 1224/2009, which allows a quota excess of 5 per cent with no additional sanction.
The second measure will make it possible to have approximately 1,000 additional tonnes of horse mackerel for inshore boats.
During the meeting, Domínguez committed to maintaining maximum transparency in the data on landings, which are transmitted periodically to fishermen’s associations, Magrama reported.
Furthermore, the Sector and the Secretariat reaffirmed their intention to minimize delays in recording data and to progress in the implementation of the electronic journal on board.
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By Analia Murias