In total there are 46 days in which more than 100 ships from the provinces of Huelva and Cádiz will remain moored in port
Andalusia expands aid for biological stoppage of trawl fleet in the Gulf of Cádiz
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 05:30 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Junta de Andalucía has extended, from 15 to 30 days in total, the aid for the biological shutdown, which began on Monday, September 16, for the gulf trawling fishing sector from Cádiz.
Trawlers in Isla Cristina. Photo: courtesy Jordi Landero
This was highlighted by the Director General of Fisheries, José Manuel Martínez, said that this measure was agreed at the conference held on June 10 at the proposal of the Minister of the Junta de Andalucía , Carmen Crespo, concerning the financing and schedule of stops that can be financed by the European Maritime Fisheries Fund in 2019.
Martínez said that his department is already processing the corresponding order to call for aid, so that it can be published in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía (BOJA) "in the shortest possible time."
The biological stop of the trawling modality of the Gulf of Cádiz runs from September 16, until October 31. In total there are 46 days in which more than 100 ships from the provinces of Huelva and Cádiz, destined for fisheries of species such as hake, monkfish or crayfish, will remain moored in port.
Aids for vessels are granted according to a daily fee, with a total of 30 days, depending on the tonnage. For its part, the crew will receive an individual fee that will have as a monthly basis double the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) and for which it will only be necessary to justify the 30 days of compliance with the requirements in the total of the mandatory 46 days of stopping .
"We have established easier requirements to meet so that shipowners and crew members can access these grants," said Martinez, who stressed the commitment of the counselor Carmen Crespo "with the maintenance of an activity that is an economic engine and employment generator in many coastal municipalities of Andalusia ”.
The objective of the biological stop is to promote the regeneration of the fishing ground.