Vigo, Spain (PortSEurope) June 15, 2018 – The European Fisheries Agency (EFA) has validated the new policy for the management and activities in fishing facilities in Vigo. Last May, the port approved a policy that tries to respond to the evolution in the commercialisation of all aspects of the fish industry including sea fishing, transportation and selling. Previous policies were over 70 years’ old and obsolete.
The president of the Port Authority (APV – Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo), Enrique Cesar López Veiga, held a working meeting with the heads of EFA, to whom he informed of this new port initiative, as well as of the new Gespesca statistical system, a new system of control and access to information on fishing operations, derived from the Blue Growth project, and which is exclusively aimed at the fish markets, with the aim of removing outdated fishing processes.
The EFA welcomed these initiatives and all efforts to achieve greater control and promote a culture of compliance and in favour of fisheries sustainability. The European Commission itself also acknowledged the initiatives led by APV and guarantees that the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy will be respected with the guarantee of equal treatment among the different member states.
The port of Vigo is the one of the world’s biggest fishing ports and one of the busiest in transportation. It is also home of one of the world’s largest fishing companies, Pescanova SA.
Vigo is the base for the big fishing companies which have a prominent presence in countries such as Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Australia, Argentina, the Falkland Islands, Chile and Peru, among others. Fish is sent all over Spain and abroad to countries like Portugal, Italy, France and other more distant markets including Asia.
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