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Marine Conservation plans
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from Radio Sintonia:

The Cabildo of Fuerteventura will demand the adaptation of the plans of the Special Marine Conservation Areas.
The Plenary of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura has approved, almost unanimously, a motion to demand that the General Administration of the State adapt the management plans of the marine Special Areas of Conservation (ZEC) to meet the needs claimed by the fishermen's guilds. The objective of the Island Corporation and the majorero fishing sector is for the State to modify some of the limitations that are imposed, allowing environmental protection to be compatible with the development of artisanal fishing in Fuerteventura, since these restrictions could cause the definitive closure of the activity of many professionals. The motion was adopted by almost the entire plenary, with the exception of two abstentions.

 

For the island president, Sergio Lloret López, what we seek is to express the will of the island institution and make an appeal on an issue that affects the fishing sector, sports, as well as port and other infrastructures. "

David de Vera explained that "the limitations affect the fishing sector, since the same criteria apply to artisanal fishing in the Canary Islands as to the large fishing industries at the national level. It does not only affect fishing, but also the recreational and traditional activities of Fuerteventura".

De Vera highlights the importance of "allowing the coexistence of artisanal and multipurpose fishing that takes place in Fuerteventura and the environmental conservation of the marine environment".

For the Minister of Tourism, Jessica de León, "this does not put in check only the artisanal fishing industry, but also influences sport fishing and other activities such as fishing tourism. We call for the unity of all groups to confront it, as it affects us as citizens."

In the first place, it is requested to extend the deadline for allegations in this process, which ends on March 7, in order to provide greater documentary specificity on the affected areas, the authorized vessels and pressure on the resource. In addition, the commitment to establish the commitment to develop a Sustainable Fisheries Plan for Fuerteventura that allows these activities to be compatible with the protection of the Environment is agreed, as well as a working table to continue advancing towards the same objective.

Among these allegations, the Cabildo requests that the capture of live bait (bait) in the ZEC areas of Fuerteventura be allowed in an exceptional way to those boats destined for artisanal and multipurpose fishing in Fuerteventura. In this case, under the regulation of the brotherhoods or the General Directorate of Fisheries.

Likewise, it is required that environmentally sustainable beacons or some type of anchoring be installed in these areas, with the aim of allowing the development of fishing to artisanal and multipurpose vessels of certain coastal resources, without damaging the sebadal areas and allowing the coexistence of environmental conservation and fisheries development.

In addition, the authorization of those uses and sports or recreational activities in ZEC areas is requested, as long as their development does not affect the conservation status of habitats and species of Community interest. In addition to sustaining the compatibility of existing or planned maritime and port infrastructures.
For the Island Corporation it is essential to meet the demands of the fishing sector, since these limitations could mean the cessation of activity, as is the case with the restrictions provided for professional fishing in the Maritime Space Management Plan of the Canary Islands (POEM) or the reduction of quota and vessels destined for the fishing of the Tuna in Fuerteventura.
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