Tuesday, September 17th 2013 - 07:02 UTC

Gibraltar drafting legislation to allow fishing under strictly controlled conditions

The Gibraltar Government has taken another legislative step toward allowing fishing with certain types of nets in British Gibraltar territorial waters under limited, strictly-controlled conditions, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Spanish fishing vessels with their nets at Gibraltar Bay

A Bill for an amendment to the Nature Protection Act published last week is a key element of the Government’s “long-standing plan” to allow sustainable fishing within the law, senior sources said.

The Bill, which has yet to be debated and approved by the Gibraltar Parliament, does not lift any prohibition. But it isolates “seine nets, trammel nets and devices for raking of the seabed” into a specific clause of the Act. These are the traditional methods used by Spanish fishermen in Gibraltar waters.

Allegedly regulations to be published in the coming weeks will lift the ban on the methods contained in that clause, but only under clearly-defined circumstances that will include some form of registration scheme.

The latest move has been under review for months and was flagged up last month by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo in an interview with El Mundo newspaper.

“As an act of good faith ... I will propose that parliament introduces a change in the law so that the 59 boats can fish again based on their historical fishing practices,” Mr Picardo told the newspaper at the time.

The Gibraltar Government insisted that the move to lift the prohibition was not new and its policy on sustainable fishing had been explained in public and in private numerous times over the past year.

It said the objective was to amend the legislation and allow some fishing by Spanish and other fishermen in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters using lawful methods. Fishing will only be allowed within a properly-regulated and accountable regime that complies with the overriding principle.

The initiative seems directed to defuse the current dispute with Spain over fishing in the British Overseas Territory waters which has led to retaliation and threats from both sides.

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1 Conqueror (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 08:52 am Report abuse
So what “circumstances”? First of all, vessels to be registered. Licence to be applied for, fee paid. Vessels and equipment to be subject to regular inspection by Gibraltar officials. Fishing only to be permitted in clearly-defined areas. Vessels to be subject to “on the spot” checks, including on equipment and catch sizes. “Unsafe” vessels, fishing out of specified area and inappropriate equipment to result in cancellation of the licence.All catches to be landed in Gibraltar and declared. That should put in the poachers' style!
2 screenname (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 01:54 pm Report abuse
But the Spanish fishermen claim the reef has finished fishing in the area...is the reef going to be removed?

If so, this sends out all the wrong signals to enemies not only of Gibraltar, but of the UK and the other overseas territories.

I knew David Cameron had handled this badly, but removal of the reef without a lifting of the EU protected zone status of Gibraltar waters would show him up to be a traitorous snake.

If anyone thinks Spain is going to let Gibraltar board boats, and confiscate boats/catches they are out of their minds.

Licences to fish?????????? How does that work?????? If Gibraltar tried to interfere with any unlicenced fishing we all know what would happen: they would just come back with an escort off the civil guards.
3 Britworker (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 02:04 pm Report abuse
Its an olive branch, its a gesture which will allow Spain to get out of the ridiculous situation they have found themselves in, whilst saving face
4 A_Voice (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 02:09 pm Report abuse
Oh Dear....back paddle, back peddle....hey Pigardo you had best order a pair of Skates as it appears that.... hell has frozen over!
Perhaps some comments are better said 'Sotto Voce'... as it were!
5 screenname (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 03:40 pm Report abuse
@4 fake malvinista propaganda tool:

You don't actually know that yet. Let's wait and see what the settlement is.

Pull up your trousers and put away the tissues...you are getting far too excited.
6 Redrow (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 04:00 pm Report abuse
@4 Think

So what you are saying basically is that because of the Spanish/Latin fixation with face-saving, no-one should ever make a gesture of good faith to Spain/LA lest it be construed as weakness? Duly noted.

The next time your country slips on one of its own dropped banana skins I will make sure not to express sympathy for ordinary Argentinians in case that be assumed to indicate our total capitulation.

As for Picardo, I'd call it quite clever to appear extremely reasonable in the face of severe antagonism when the EU inspectors arrive.
7 Gonzo22 (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 04:26 pm Report abuse
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory (aka British colony), nothing more, nothing less... and requires no further comment.
8 Redrow (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 06:03 pm Report abuse
“aka” Gonzo?
An Overseas Territory is not “also known” as a colony. The two are very different indeed, especially in law. Why would your factually incorrect post require no further comment? It demands it.
9 A_Voice (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 06:45 pm Report abuse
Come off it...I can see in your post @2 that it has crossed your mind...
....“fake malvinista propaganda tool:?”
It's Pigardo that's looking like a tool and a right proper Ganda....not me!
Think?...Where is he...I can't turn my back for a second.....Oh you didn't mean me did you? I'm far too young to be Think, I'm still bouncing off the walls and I don't know nuffin about Patagonia!
Spain....damn right...kick them whilst they're down, then jump up and down all over them they deserve it.
As for Pigardo, I reckon a real diplomat had a word in his shell!
10 screenname (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 06:52 pm Report abuse
@9 think's crappest invention:

The thought has crossed my mind that Cameron is an emasculated headless moron and, if Argentinean, he would have done very well in the politics of that country. I actually think Fabian Picardo is a pretty good public servant.
11 Briton (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 06:56 pm Report abuse
Its only my opinion,
but the word creep, keeps poping up.
12 A_Voice (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 07:10 pm Report abuse
hahah! A foreigner eh!......“think's crappest invention:”
A native woud have said......Crappiest!
You...you foreigner you!
13 Britworker (#) Sep 17th, 2013 - 07:44 pm Report abuse
When were you last in Spain?
I got back from there yesterday, i'm sorry to burst your bubble but the Spanish people see right through what their government are doing, they have no issue with Gibraltar's status as an overseas territory of the UK., its been they way for 300 years for fucks sake.
Also the 8000 Spanish people Gibraltar employs from the border towns are practically on verge of all out revolt because, unlike their government, Gibraltar pays their bills, their rent and puts food on their table. Their trips across the border once took them 45 minutes tops, it now takes them 2-3 hours at least

The only place this disgusting bullying is seen as going down well is Madrid and Buenos Aires. Two very unpopular governments with the sword of damacles hanging right over their heads. They had better step carefully :-)

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