lower quotas get the fish eye in sardine loving portugal
Last Updated : GMT 10:12:49
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Lower quotas get the fish eye in sardine loving Portugal

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Lower quotas get the fish eye in sardine loving Portugal

Atlantic fish populations
Patricia de Melo Moreira - AFP

Stricter catch quotas proposed to protect decreasing Atlantic fish populations have the fishing industry in Portugal irate as the restrictions would apply to sardines, virtually the national dish.

The most recent fishing stink arose in mid-July, when the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) called for slashing maximal catch quotas for sardine stocks off Spain and Portugal by a whopping 90 percent.

The ICES, which provides scientific advice on the marine ecosystem and issues opinions to governments and regulators that manage the North Atlantic Ocean, called for catch limits of 1,587 tonnes in 2016, down from the current combined quota of 19,095 tonnes for Portugal and Spain.

"It would be a death sentence," declared the president of the Portuguese association of net fishing organisations, Humberto Jorge, who is worried about the 5,000 people who live off of sardine fishing.

"I'm stunned, it's unacceptable. We are already banned from fishing between January and April, and each trawler can unload a maximum of two tonnes of sardines a day," he told AFP.

The country's secretary of state for the sea, Manuel Pinto de Abreu, expressed surprise at "this abnormal scenario."

"We are going to clarify this problem with the ICES because we know, better than anyone, about the state of the (sardine) stock," he said.

The Portuguese government generally takes into consideration the opinions of the scientific community but it does not necessarily follow their recommendations to the letter, José Luis Santos Silva, assistant secretary of state for the sea told AFP.

- 13 sardines per second -

Sardine fishing off the Iberian peninsula has been regulated since 2012 in a plan worked out by Portugal and Spain. It sets a maximal catch limit each year, with 70 percent of the total attributed to Portugal, and the remainder going to Spain.

The ICES has proposed a 2016 limit of 1,110 tonnes of sardines for Portugal and 477 tonnes for Spain. The sardine limit for the two countries in 2012 was 55,000 tonnes.

Alexandra Silva, a researcher at the Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA), acknowledges that the recommended 2016 quota is "very low," but says that "limiting catch (volumes) is the only solution" to prevent the exhaustion of regional sardine populations.

Reducing sardine limits is all the more difficult given Portugal's appetite for the fish.

According to IPMA estimates, the national consumption rate during the month of June represented 13 sardines eaten per second per person.

To satisfy that voracious demand, Portugal has turned to imports, and now nearly 70 percent of the sardines it consumes come from foreign suppliers -- notably Morocco.

Victims of over-fishing and unfavourable environmental factors, the population of sardines "has been greatly reduced in Iberian waters over the past 10 years, and their resources are at their lowest level in 37 years," said Silva.

That situation is bad news for the Portuguese, who in addition to having an outsized hankering for sardines are also Europe's largest consumers of all fish, with a per capita annual intake of 56 kilogrammes (123 pounds).

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

lower quotas get the fish eye in sardine loving portugal lower quotas get the fish eye in sardine loving portugal

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

lower quotas get the fish eye in sardine loving portugal lower quotas get the fish eye in sardine loving portugal

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today Visit Jamaica for more than just sun

GMT 09:45 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

Visit Jamaica for more than just sun
Arab Today, arab today Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings

GMT 11:14 2017 Friday ,10 November

Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings
Arab Today, arab today Leaders of Russia, Iran, Turkey meet

GMT 10:12 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

Leaders of Russia, Iran, Turkey meet
Arab Today, arab today Missouri problem mirrors woes

GMT 06:46 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

Missouri problem mirrors woes
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Australian academic's book pulled

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,13 November

Australian academic's book pulled
Arab Today, arab today May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit

GMT 02:14 2017 Saturday ,18 November

May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today VW says will invest over 34bn euros

GMT 07:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

VW says will invest over 34bn euros
Arab Today, arab today Driverless, electric future just round

GMT 02:45 2017 Monday ,20 November

Driverless, electric future just round
Arab Today, arab today Singer Jahda Wahba has unlimited ambitions

GMT 07:56 2017 Monday ,20 November

Singer Jahda Wahba has unlimited ambitions
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 09:23 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Fedra happy for “Between Two Worlds” success

GMT 11:15 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 11:49 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs

GMT 00:54 2017 Monday ,20 November

Mideast in danger as London explores

GMT 03:12 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Prince's vision spurs new Cornwall village

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday