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Stop fresh fish on the table along the Adriatic Sea

This was decreed by the fishing ban in force 19 August to 24 September

23, Aug 2023

No more fresh fish at the table all along the Adriatic. This was decreed by the fishing shutdown which also extends to the stretch of coast from San Benedetto and Termoli, after the fleet had already interrupted the activities from Trieste to Ancona and from Manfredonia to Bari. The news was given by Coldiretti Impresapesca in underlining that the blockade of the activities will last in the stretch between the south of the Marche, Abruzzo and Molise from 19 August to 24 September.

"Like last year - Coldiretti Impresapesca explains in a press release - in addition to the fixed periods of rest, the vessels will have to carry out additional days of rest depending on the fishing area and the type of resource fished. Despite the interruption of activity on the tables from the regions concerned, it will still be possible to find Italian products, from oily fish such as anchovies and sardines to swordfish, as well as sea bass, sea bream, sole, mantis shrimp, clams and mussels from small-scale fishing boats, dredgers and The advice - adds Coldiretti - is to carefully check the information on the label on the fishmongers' and supermarkets, but to ensure real transparency it would be necessary to arrive at the obligatory labeling of the origin also in the restaurant ".

The shutdown falls this year in a difficult moment, Coldiretti denounces, "with the sword of Damocles of the new guidelines of the Commissioner for Fisheries and the Environment Virginijus Sinkevicius hanging over the Italian fleet. The most disruptive measure is the ban on the system but the new lines also provide for the restriction of fishing areas with cuts of up to 30% of the current ones - the organization denounces - with close deadlines in 2024, 2027 and ending in 2030".

The problem then remains, adds the note, "that the structure of the 2023 fishing shutdown does not yet respond to the needs of companies in all areas or to those of sustainability of the main target species of national fishing, so much so that the state of some resources the closure would like to protect, in a delicate phase of life, in the 38 years of closure of fishing has not improved much despite the efforts and restrictions put in place by the national fleet which has seen a contraction losing about 33% of fishing units and 18,000 jobs".

"The catch - concludes Coldiretti Impresapesca- must not be a mere restriction of fishing times, measures already abused by EU regulations, but must have the objective of protecting the target resources in the most important biological phases such as the birth and growth of youth, a phase of protection that cannot be separated from the attention to the economic sustainability of the fishing companies involved in the closure measure and from the social sustainability for the maintenance of the coastal territories and of the many economies connected to fish production such as trade, catering, tourism and shipbuilding".

Rome, RM, Italy, 22/08/2023 08:02
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