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Ministry to Close Anchovy Deal for Gulf of Cadiz

Lucy Towers
12 February 2013, at 12:00am

SPAIN - The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through the General Secretariat of Fisheries, has been holding meetings with representatives of the fishing industry to reach an agreement on the anchovy quota allocation for 2013 in the Gulf of Cadiz.

A further meeting will take place on the 14 February. This takes account of the unanimous request by the sector last August 29, by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Miguel Arias Caete, to allocate the anchovy quota in the Gulf of Cadiz for 2013, in order to avoid the situation of a premature closure of the fishery that occurred during 2012.

At the last meeting of the Working Group, held on 22 January in Madrid, it was agreed to seek a solution in which no port came out harmed. The proposals made by the Secretary General of Fisheries are based on an allocation per vessel, taking into consideration the different criteria adopted by the Marine Fisheries Act of the State.

The Secretariat General of Fisheries has put on the table a proposal in this regard, which guarantees the right of access to the fishery by purse seiners all included in the census of the Gulf of Cadiz.

It is hoped that this meeting will reach an agreement that allows the early reopening of the anchovy fishery.