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Greenpeace harassed the Ameal longliner, which was fishing in the vicinity of the Azores.(Photo: Kajsa Sjölander | Greenpeace)

Fisheries sector condemns Greenpeace harassment of surface longline fleet

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Friday, June 28, 2019, 18:00 (GMT + 9)

Javier Garat, Secretary General of CEPESCA: "It is regrettable that these groups do not focus their efforts on the boats that carry out illegal fishing and that they have to resort to this type of action to make up for with sensationalism the reason provided by the data and facts".

Madrid - The Spanish fishing sector condemns the acts of harassment carried out by a Greenpeace boat against the Spanish longliner Ameal, based in the port of A Guarda. These events are part of a new campaign against the fishing industry that catches sharks in the North Atlantic.

Once again, the fishing sector, through CEPESCA, regrets the disinformation of this environmental group, which ignores that all the vessels of its fleet scrupulously comply with the management measures established by the different Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), in the case of the Atlantic those of ICCAT, as well as those established by the European Union and by the Spanish Government.

According to Javier Garat, Secretary General of CEPESCA, "this type of acts are as inadmissible as the use of incorrect data to demonize a fishery that, not only complies scrupulously with legality, but is a benchmark for sustainable fishing worldwide. It is regrettable, adds Garat, that these groups do not focus their efforts on the boats that carry out illegal fishing and that they have to resort to this type of action to make up for with sensationalism the reason provided by the data and facts."

 


 Surface longline | Target species

A great variety of pelagic species (those that spend most of their lives in the waters of medium depth, with little contact with the bottom of the sea), is the best known fishing method for tuna, swordfish and billfish. : Greenpeace)


CEPESCA recalls that in 2017 Temporary Fishing Permits (PTP) of surface longline were issued for some 170 vessels for the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. In terms of catches, this fleet landed around 55,000 tons in live weight in 2017 (88.5% of blue shark or blue shark -Prionace glauca) and 9.47% of shortfin mako (Oxus oxirhinchus).

CEPESCA also recalls that the Spanish fleet scrupulously complies with the recommendations and management measures approved by ICCAT, particularly the one adopted in 2017 on the conservation of the North Atlantic shortfin mako stock (Recommendation 17-8).

Also, since 2003, this fleet complies with the European regulations that prohibit the processing on board of the fins, which must adhere to the body to the ports of disembarkation.


Photo taken by Greenpeace where you can see the dangerous maneuver of the rubber boat that tackles the Spanish ship (Photo: Kajsa Sjölander | Greenpeace)

The fishing sector also emphasizes that vessels that are part of this fleet operate completely legally and have fishing licenses, in addition to being subject to strict control: they all have a satellite tracking system, they keep an exhaustive record of their daily activity through the DEA (On-board Electronic Journal) and, in addition, are part of a national program of onboard observers  launched by the General Secretariat of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in collaboration with the scientific community.

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