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Aid Provided for Vessel Monitoring Systems, New Equipment

SPAIN - The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through the General Secretariat of Fisheries, has signed with the National Federation of Fishermen (FNCP) and the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (CEPESCA), two separate collaboration agreements for the management of aid provided for the purchase and installation of equipment necessary for Spanish fishing vessels and for the acquisition and installation of equipment fishing vessel monitoring systems.

Fishermen's associations, federations, associations of shipowners and fishery producer organisations will act as associates in the management and payment of aid, according to the General Subsidies Act.

Thus, these associates will be responsible for processing and managing all grant applications submitted.

The aid announced amounts to €4,801,944 for both calls, of which €3,892,944 relates to the acquisition and installation of equipment for recording and electronic data transmission (DEA's), and €909,000 euros for the acquisition and installation of satellite tracking equipment, "blue boxes".

The maximum amount that will be paid to the owner is €2,100 per vessel for DEA's and €3,000 per vessel for the blue boxes.

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