Invites the Executive to follow the example of other countries such as Norway that have come to declare fishing and aquaculture as sectors of critical importance to society
The Popular Parliamentary Group has registered three parliamentary initiatives that transfer the demands of the fishing sector to Congress to urge the Government to give an adequate and urgent response to these requests in the face of the coronavirus.
The initiatives cover matters of importance for the entire fishing sector, such as the need for the Government to urgently clarify the situations brought about by the entry into force of the state of alarm and those related to compliance with the prevention and distance regulations contemplated in RD 463 / 2020. The need to clarify the possibilities of availing of ERTEs due to force majeure was transferred to the Government, as it was in many cases faced with the impossibility of guaranteeing adequate protection for workers and consequently being forced to be moored in port.
Joaquín García, GPP fisheries spokesman, points out that with these initiatives the Government is being asked to clarify all the regulations regarding the operation of the first-sale fish markets, as well as the fishing fleet and the commercial monitoring of all sea products. It requests direct and indirect financial aid to help alleviate the serious economic losses that are occurring due to this situation.
The GPP also calls on the Government to take measures to encourage the consumption of fish and thus help maintain the activity of the fishing fleet. Some data attest to these declines: a 77% decrease in billing from shellfish in Galicia, or a drop in fish prices of more than 50% as a consequence of lower demand in the markets. Some shellfish workers are requesting the closure of their activity due to lack of sales.
For García Díez "it is essential to urgently help to stop the drop in prices that is taking place in the markets and which questions the departure of part of the fleet to fish in the absence of profitability. This could be addressed by developing promotion and dissemination campaigns among the population about the need to consume products from the sea ”.
Joaquín García invites the Government to follow the example of other countries such as Norway that have come to declare fishing and aquaculture as sectors of critical importance to society. Finally, Joaquín García wants to transfer to the Spanish fishing sector all the support of the GPP for the important work they continue to do despite the difficulties it is experiencing and the lack of responses and aid to its demands from the Spanish government.