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8 The Portugal News •  21 Jul 2018                                 News


       Portugal rebuffs ICES’ calls for full ban                                                                           position that requires zero fishing.
                                                                                                                           We can set a quota for the catch
                                                                                                                           that is lower than this year’s and
                                                                                                                           with management measures for
       on sardine fishing next year                                                                                        deeper stocks”.
                                                                                                                             Ana Paula Vitorino stressed that
                                                                                                                           the Government “is conducting
                                                                                                                           very thorough research on the
      Portugal’s Sea Minister Ana Paula Vitorino has said in her view “there are no reasons to forbid                      matter, to try to reconcile two
                                                                                                                           objectives: to maintain the high
      sardine fishing in Portugal in 2019” after the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea                  sardine catch and the
      (ICES) called for the activity to be completely banned in Portugal and Spain next year.                              sustainability of the species”.
                                                                                                                             “The sardine has been
                                                                                                                           decreasing gradually along our
                                                                                                 CES said that “given the  coast and to be able to fulfil the
                                                                                                 reduction in the stocks that  first objective [catches] we have to
                                                                                                 has been seen over the past
                                                                                              Iyears (…) there should be   guarantee that we will continue to
                                                                                                                           have sardines in the future”, she
                                                                                              zero captures in 2019.”      emphasised.
                                                                                                Backing up their argument, the  According to the Sea Minister, a
                                                                                              ICES said, the stock of sardines  balance between catches and
                                                                                              aged one or more years had   sustainability has to be struck
                                                                                              been falling since 2006 and is  because, as she stressed “the
                                                                                              currently under 0.4 million  sardine is part of the Portuguese
                                                                                              tonnes.                      culture and economy”.
                                                                                                However, speaking during a   She said, the amount of
                                                                                              visit to the Algarve city of Portimão  sardines in Portugal’s waters is
                                                                                              this week – famous for its annual  currently higher than last year,
                                                                                              Sardine Festival – Sea Minister  although there is a reduction of
                                                                                              Ana Paula Vitorino said, the  younger fish, which means a
                                                                                              ICES’ recommendations are    reduction of the species in 2019.
                                                                                              sometimes overzealous.         “Although there is a reduction in
                                                                                                “The ICES gives a scientific  juveniles, it does not imply a
                                                                                              opinion based on the information  reduction of catches to zero”, said
                                                                                              it has, but what is fact, is that it  the minister, adding that Portugal
                                                                                              often would rather be safe than  is working together with Spain
                                                                                              sorry,” she said, adding: “The  and in contact with the European
      Ria Formosa residents complain silting is affecting business
      Ria Formosa residents complain silting is affecting business                            Government understands, as it  Commission “to demonstrate that
      Ria Formosa residents complain silting is affecting business
      Ria Formosa residents complain silting is affecting business
      Ria Formosa residents complain silting is affecting business
                                                                                              did last year, that we are not in a  there are no socioeconomic
      Residents along the Algarve’s Ria Formosa have complained the natural reserve is not
      Residents along the Algarve’s Ria Formosa have complained the natural reserve is not
      Residents along the Algarve’s Ria Formosa have complained the natural reserve is not
      Residents along the Algarve’s Ria Formosa have complained the natural reserve is not    Portugal has this week strongly  reasons that lead to the indicators
      Residents along the Algarve’s Ria Formosa have complained the natural reserve is not
                                                                                              Portugal has this week strongly
                                                                                              Portugal has this week strongly
                                                                                              Portugal has this week strongly
      what it used to be, and say it is affecting local businesses.
      what it used to be, and say it is affecting local businesses.                           Portugal has this week strongly  of species preservation being as
      what it used to be, and say it is affecting local businesses.
      what it used to be, and say it is affecting local businesses.
      what it used to be, and say it is affecting local businesses.
                                                                                              challenged a recommendation
                                                                                              challenged a recommendation
                                                                                              challenged a recommendation
                                                                                              challenged a recommendation
                                                                                              challenged a recommendation
                                                                                              that sardine fishing be banned.
                                                                                              that sardine fishing be banned.
                                                                                              that sardine fishing be banned.
        Ferry boat owners complain winter  and crossings are only possible now  They also accuse local authorities of  that sardine fishing be banned.  demanding as those pointed out
                                                                                              that sardine fishing be banned.
                                                                                                                           by ICES”.
                                                                                              (Photo: Lusa/José Sena Goulão)
                                                                                              (Photo: Lusa/José Sena Goulão)
                                                                                              (Photo: Lusa/José Sena Goulão)
                                                                                              (Photo: Lusa/José Sena Goulão)
      storms have silted up the lagoon’s bed  at high tide.      doing nothing to resolve the situation.  (Photo: Lusa/José Sena Goulão)
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