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Basque fishermen would add around 28,000 tonnes of mackerel, anchovies and bonito from the north for this season
Gipuzkoa has always been a territory closely linked to fishing. Since time immemorial, our fishermen have been thrown into the Cantabrian Sea in search of fish with which to feed the people. Our waters have almost always offered generous catches. Each one in its season, different species cross the waters and the inshore fleet of our different ports has always been prepared to return with the fish demanded by the population.
At the moment, a fleet of 80 inshore boats that employ around 650 crew members rest in Gipuzkoa ports. If we extend the map to the whole of the Basque Country, the community has around 180 boats with an average of eight crew members. Precisely yesterday, this sector presented in Kofradia-Itsas Etxea the expectations and challenges it faces for this year. An exercise in which this group hopes to achieve a record of catches of the different inshore species.
The provisional quotas for 2022 of the main species were presented yesterday in Donostia by the director of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Basque Government, Leandro Azkue, the president of the Federation of Guilds of Gipuzkoa, Eugenio Elduayen, and the director of the Organization of Inshore producers in Gipuzkoa (Opegui), look at Garmendia. The act began with a heartfelt memory of the crew members who died in Canadian waters of the Galician fishing vessel ‘Villa de Pitanxo’.
tons of mackerel, anchovies and bonito were unloaded by Basque vessels last year.
is the percentage of anchovy and bonito quotas over the total turnover of the sector.
inshore vessels the Basque Country has at this time, with an average of eight crew members.
The Basque fleet asks to manage from Euskadi the quotas of anchovies and northern tuna
The Basque inshore fleet faces this fishing season with the highest quotas in the last ten years, with 8,500 tons of mackerel for Euskadi, 25,250 of anchovy and 17,700 of bonito from the north for the whole of the State. Euskadi captures around 35 or 37% of the state quota of anchovies on average; and 50 or 65% on average of tuna. If we apply these percentages to the state figures, the Basque Country would add around 28,000 tons of inshore species for this year.
It is rather difficult to compare the provisional quota assigned by the European Union for this current financial year with the volume of discharges made by Basque vessels last year, since not all discharges are carried out in ports in the Basque Country. In 2021, the Basque Country closed the coastal tuna catch with 9,800 tons -a figure that represents around 55% of the tuna caught jointly by the State fleet-. If we look at the number of anchovies, the Basque brotherhoods registered 3,540 tons, 37% more than in 2020. Finally, the Basque Country obtained 40% less mackerel, in total about 8,200 tons compared to 13,600 in 2020. The total sum of these three species gives a final figure of 21,540 tons unloaded in the Basque Country.
The Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Basque Government wanted to underline the complexity of last year’s campaign, since Basque fishermen had to face the difficulties of the pandemic. “Despite all the adversities, our trawlers achieved a very competitive campaign, with increases in catches of species such as the northern bonito, with an increase of 9%.” Azkue assured that the quotas assigned will be the “highest in the last ten years”.
For his part, the president of the Federation of Guilds of Gipuzkoa advocated an “individualized” distribution of the state quotas for anchovies and bonito that allow an “adequate profitability” of the catches. The Olympic fishing (modality that allows fishing without a pre-fixed number of kilos) of these two species -with quotas for the whole of the State- leads to “an excess of supply” and “does not give adequate profitability”, Elduayen said. That is why he raised the challenge of agreeing on a new management model for these species. Azkue pointed out that there are two areas of negotiation on this issue; interfederation of brotherhoods of the Cantabrian Coast and with the State, in order to “improve the anchovy and bonito quota”, the “only ones without nominal distribution by ship”. Thus, he stressed that the Olympic fishing of these two species, which has more than 50 years of history, should be managed “in a more current way”, in view of the “results of the management methods of other species”.
Galicia and Asturias, against
Elduayen also wanted to put on the table the current debate on an agreement in this regard between the Cantabrian federations, considering that “it would be easier” to go directly with a joint proposal to Madrid, but, for the moment, it has not been Consensus is possible, although “72% agree” and it is “an absolute priority for Basque fishermen”.
However, a part of Galicia and Asturias, which represent 28% of the Cantabrian Northwest, are not in favor of this new management model because “it creates difficulties for them”. «Olympic fishing should be distributed by boats or autonomous communities. It would be more reasonable.”
Fishing workshops for children and visits to coastal boats and the Pasaia fish market
The director of the Organization of Inshore Producers in Gipuzkoa (Opegui), Miren Garmendia, gave an account of the activities scheduled for this year at the Kofradia de San Sebastián, inaugurated in 2020 to value and publicize inshore fishing, with fishing workshops for children; visits to a coastal boat and to the Pasaia fish market; Net workshops, preserves and tastings of seasonal products with a fisherman.
He also indicated that the school ship of the IES Náutico Pesquero de Pasaia will visit the port of Donostia and is working on a didactic module for ikastolas and educational centers in the Basque Country in order to show the future professional options offered by inshore fishing. Likewise, at the end of the year the 2nd edition of Kofradia-Itsas Etxea Sariak will be held.