Andalusia allocates EUR 1.4 million to aid for temporary fishing fleet stoppage
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Fishing vessel from Andalucia (Photo: Junta de Andalucía)SPAINMonday, April 17, 2017,23:10 (GMT + 9)TheOffici

Fishing vessel from Andalucia. (Photo: Junta de Andalucía)


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Monday, April 17, 2017, 23:10 (GMT + 9)


The Official Gazette of the Andalusian Regional Government (BOJA) has published the Order through which this year aid is requested for the temporary cessation of the small-scale fishing gear fleet, affected by the Management Plan for the trawling or mechanized dredge fisheries in the Mediterranean.

The call, with an expected support of EUR 1.4 million, qualifies for competitive aid for the period of temporary stoppage of the fleet from May 1 to 31 2017.

The shipowners and crew members will benefit from this aid, as part of the Operational Program of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2014-2020). For the first ones, the maximum amount per fishing day is determined according to the size of the boat, guaranteeing a minimum of EUR 100 per boat and stoppage business day. For the crew, the maximum amount of aid will be EUR 45 per stoppage day, that is to say, EUR 1,395 per stoppage day.

The deadline for submitting applications, which must conform to the model form established in Annex I of this order, will be 15 working days from the day following the end of the temporary stoppage. Likewise, for the purposes of hearing, reformulation, document submission and acceptance, the applicant person or entity must complete Annex II that is published in the BOJA.

The Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development will publish the resolution within a period of three months from the day following the date of the end of the application submission deadline.

This biological stoppage, which is voluntary for shipowners, could include up to 200 vessels and 400 seamen to receive the aid. The main ports where this fleet is based are La Linea de la Concepcion (47 boats), Estepona (38 boats), Caleta de Vélez (34 boats), Fuengirola (31 boats), Málaga (16 boats) and Marbella (12 boats).

The objective of this measure is to improve the existing shellfish banks on the Mediterranean coast, which runs mainly between La Linea and the coast of Granada, and thus improve the populations of species that are important to this fleet, such as concha finacoquinachirla and corruco.

In addition, it contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the management plan for the trawling or mechanized dredge fisheries on the Mediterranean coast of Andalusia approved by Order dated March 24, 2014. This management plan, with an initial validity until December 31, 2016, has been extended until December 31, 2019 through the recent Order dated March 1, 2017, with the approval of the European Commission.

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