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A school for the fish industry

Fedagripesca, 80% boats will stop in 2032 due to lack of captains

19, Sep 2022

To train young people in the trades of fishing. This is the proposal launched by Fedagripesca-Confcooperative in view of the start of the school year. Already today, 10% of the captains out of the 12 thousand Italian boats in operation are missing and between now and 2032 8 out of 10 fishing boats are likely to remain stationary in port due to lack of captains.

According to Federagripesca, almost all the professionals in the sector are missing: but if, for the hubs, it is possible to make up for with non-EU workers mostly from North Africa, for the commanders this is not possible by virtue of what provided for by the navigation code. On board ships flying the Italian flag, in fact, the commander and the chief mate must be citizens of an EU State or another member of the agreement on the European Economic Area, made executive by law no. . 300, as are Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

"As ministry we are aware of the problems of the sector, including those relating to training - the Undersecretary for Agricultural Policies Francesco Battistoni explains to Ansa -. With the Directorate General of Fisheries we are working on the introduction of new professional figures of which the sector has need".

"In San Benedetto del Tronto - adds the undersecretary to Mipaaf - we are devising a pilot project dedicated to young people which includes training courses aimed at encouraging generational turnover towards those professionals without whom our navy would risk stopping. months of being already in line with the urgencies that the sector needs, giving timely answers to the sector ".

There are many reasons for young people to invest their future work in the sector: in terms of blue economy, Italy ranks third for an added value among European countries of 13.5%, with 33,601 companies this sector represents 15 % of the sea economy where young people employed are 3,253, 9.7% and women: 5,842, 17.4%.

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