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Blue crab. ER Region invokes national emergency

Bonaccini's appeal to the government for tax relief and mortgage suspension

28, Nov 2023

“Unfortunately the government has not yet granted the national emergency or the state of crisis of the sector for the territories of Goro and Comacchio, thus effectively preventing companies from suspending mortgages, benefiting from tax relief and identifying an effective, concrete national strategy and rapid contrast to the blue crab. This is a situation that is no longer sustainable." Thus the president of the Emilia-Romagna region Stefano Bonaccini and the regional councilor for Agriculture and Fisheries Alessio Mammi, regarding the situation faced by fishermen and aquaculturists in the Goro and Comacchio marinas, in the Ferrara area.

“There are cooperative businesses and therefore families - Bonaccini and Mammi point out - who risk not taking home their salary from the next few days due to the devastation caused by the blue crab to the marine ecosystem in the entire area of the Po Delta, a territory which lives from the production of the true clam, where 55% of the national catch is produced".

The Region has repeatedly discussed itself in recent months with the Goro and Comacchio navies, highlighting a highly critical situation, and has held meetings with the Copego and Con.Uno consortia, the fishing associations and the University, and has already 1 million euros in compensation available to fishing and aquaculture companies.

“It is essential - continue the president and the councilor - to have the compensation available for fishing and aquaculture companies, provided by the Ministry of Agriculture which is responsible for fishing. But it's not enough. We need all the national political commitment to provide special measures in this moment of extraordinary criticality, to allow businesses to restart, and to guarantee a preferential tax regime for those who have suffered this tragedy and risk never getting up again".

“We strongly reiterate - conclude Bonaccini and Mammi - the need to declare a national emergency or a state of crisis in the sector. We hope that all the political forces in Parliament will make our umpteenth appeal their own: the blue crab is destroying the ecosystem of the Po Delta and the local economy, with very serious social consequences for our entire community".

Bologna, BO, Italia, 27/11/2023 16:32
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