Guardians of the fisheries

“Leave our children more fish than our parents left us”. This is the idea, make marine resources a sustainable reality that enables the conservation of a unique culture in the world and which many people define as “one of the best professions in the world”: sustainable fishing. Respect the resources, respect the minimum catch sizes, respect, in short, the regulations. Regulations about which the fishermen, the protagonists in this type of art, have much to say. Because they are the ones who really understand this environment. More

A message on the reform of Common Fisheries Policy

The members of the Mediterranean Platform of Artisanal Fishers (MedArtNet) have addressed MEPs on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy with the aim of demanding funding that advocates the recuperation of marine resources, because, as they reminded the European members, “without fish there is no fishing”. Those who really understand the subject, because they are in daily contact with the marine environment, underline the need to incorporate new elements into the regulation, like the co-management of fisheries, giving the fishermen a voice and a vote to deal with the reforms in an environment that, inevitably, they know better than anyone. More

Testimonies from the Lira Fishermen`s association

Those who best know the reality of a place are precisely those who move therein, those who travel through every nook and cranny to discover where the resources are. They are aware of the need to set certain limits that guarantee the future, which is why they daily defend the importance of the creation and establishment of reserves and protected areas. Josefa Fernández and José Antonio Insua are members of the Lira Fishermen’s Association and are fully aware that “our sea must not be depleted”. They, like their colleagues, opt for selective fishing practices, having little impact on the marine environment and guaranteeing the trade in fresh fish. They are sure that poachers would not exist if they did not have someone to sell their catches to and they are totally convinced that “fishermen should manage the resources” precisely because, without a doubt, they are the ones who know them best. More