The Galician fishing sector requires the withdrawal of offshore wind plans and pronounces mobilizations

The Fishermen’s Associations of Galicia and Asturias have made a typical entrance in opposition to the Government laws that regulate offshore wind, accredited yesterday by the Council of Ministers. They contemplate that the plans for ordering the marine area have been made with their backs turned to the fishing sector.

“It is a shot on the waterline of Spanish fishing. We had been used to Europe blocking us, however we did not depend on our personal authorities becoming a member of in,” says Basilio Otero, president of the National Federation of Brotherhoods. The Platform in Defense of Fisheries, which brings collectively Galician and Asturian sailors, has already introduced that they may examine difficult the offshore wind plans via a contentious-administrative attraction. They have additionally superior that they refuse to take part in any negotiating desk if the Government doesn’t withdraw the proposal beforehand.

They denounce that the areas the place the set up of wind generators will probably be allowed coincide with fishing grounds the place the exercise of the fishing fleet takes place. They guarantee that every one gear could be affected, each trawling and longline and drift. According to Ramón Fernández, president of the A Coruña trawlers, the Nor2 space is essentially the most affected, with 1,800 sq. kilometers. But they guarantee that even the Gran Sol boats will probably be affected, since they may have offshore wind farms on their round-trip routes to their fishing areas.

Mobilizations the subsequent two weeks

Torcuato Teixeira, authorized adviser to the National Federation of Brotherhoods, describes the plan as an “ecocide”. “We should not going to take part in any working group to provide the blessing to what they’ve simply accredited. First they need to withdraw the accredited plan and the minister go away her submit. From there we’re ready to speak,” says Teixeira.

“I’m amused that the minister says that she needs to make it appropriate with the remainder of the actions, however she by no means remembers fishing. They are in fishing grounds. We advocate for renewable power however not for shedding jobs”, underlines the president of the National Federation of Brotherhoods.

They have already introduced the primary demonstrations to point out their rejection of the POEMs. On March 11 they’ve known as a rally earlier than the Government Delegation in A Coruña. The following week the appointment will probably be in Gijón, additionally earlier than the Government Delegation.

Criticism from the Xunta

The president of the Xunta de Galicia, Alfonso Rueda, has reiterated this Wednesday his criticism of the choice of the Government of Spain to take out the maritime spatial planning plans accredited within the Council of Ministers, “from someday to the subsequent, after numerous time ready, and with out speaking to anybody”.

Rueda has ensured that the regional authorities “tried to do issues proper”, being conscious of “the significance of the fishing trade and fishing assets” and for this it created an observatory from which “the conclusions weren’t taken under consideration in any respect” nor the concepts. The Galician president recalled that each “fishing individuals and wind energy builders” had been a part of the observatory and that there was “a chance of doing issues with consensus” for the event of recent offshore wind farms.