Law of Coves passed to benefit artisanal fishermen
2017-08-08 12:36:07   copyfrom:    hits:

The project was approved unanimously by the Chamber of Deputies with the amendments introduced by the Senate (Ph

 
The project was approved unanimously by the Chamber of Deputies with the amendments introduced by the Senate. (Photo: Subpesca / Deputies / FIS)

 

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017, 21:40 (GMT + 9)

 

Congress yesterday approved the Coves Bill, which proposes to create a regulatory framework for the establishment and allocation of artisanal fishing coves at the national level. This will be carried out through a smooth and expeditious procedure that will allow artisanal fishermen's organizations to harmoniously and integrally promote the development of these spaces.

"Today the Cove Bill has been passed by unanimity of the Chamber of Deputies who, with their votes, agreed on the modifications introduced to the Bill by the Senate," said Pablo Berazaluce, Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

"To us what has just happened is very satisfying, since it fulfills one of the yearnings of the Government of President Bachelet to be able to give greater certainty to the organizations of artisanal fishermen in relation to the environment with which they develop as the coves are," he added.

The approved bill has as its central objective to transform the country's fishing ports into productive, economic and social units located in certain geographic areas, which encourage and motivate productive diversification.

This will allow artisanal fishermen's organizations to develop their usual fishing activities alongside commercial or support activities, such as tourism, sales spots selling hydro-biological resources, local handicrafts, gastronomy, among others.

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