An Indonesian crewmember from the Spanish flagged trawler “Playa de Galicia”, operating in the South Atlantic, died of Covid-19 and the vessel is currently in the port of Montevideo under quarantine conditions, with several other seamen hospitalized, according to the latest news from Uruguay and Spain, which have been difficult to confirm.Add your comment!
A former Galician Fisheries Councilor has published a piece in a newspaper closely linked to the industry in the northwest of Spain, El Faro de Vigo, questioning the long term viability of new Falkland Islands' legislation, particularly the concept of Qualifying Companies and the fact that they must be at least 51% property of Falkland Islanders.
The Falkland Islands' fishing industry partners/associates in Vigo are faced with good and bad news. The good news is that the Loligo catch is expected to reach 50,000 tons, while the bad news is that the exceptional squid harvest expected to begin arriving next week in Vigo will be, for the first time facing a 6% tariff when landed in Spain, according to the Galicia media.
The Falkland Islands government and local industry have given reassurances following cases of Covid-19 identified on Loligo fishing ships due to the Falklands from Galicia. Penguin News investigated reports of positive cases on vessels bound for the Islands and asked for comment from FIG, who responded in writing:
The departure of several fishing vessels scheduled to leave from Vigo, Galicia to the Falkland Islands' squid season, has been delayed because a few crew members tested positive for the coronavirus. Companies involved have undertaken the necessary and isolation measures, reports the local media.
Spain's regional government of Galicia has publicly expressed its concern about the fisheries chapter in the recently agreed UK/EU post/Brexit trade deal, which it considers will have a cost of 190 million Euros for the regional fleet and anticipates it will adopt a belligerent attitude to recover the lost fishing rights of the regional industry,
A Falkland Islands trawler “Baffin Bay” has sunk at the Galician port of Vigo where it was undergoing maintenance work. The Falklands' Department of Natural Resources reported that on the morning of Thursday 3 December 2020 it was advised of a fire onboard Fishing Vessel “Baffin Bay” while she was berthed at Bouzas in Vigo.
Montelourido, ZDLC4, is the latest trawler to be launched at a Galician shipyard for the Falklands flagged fleet. The delivery took place this Monday at Nodosa yard in Marin, during a very austere and limited ceremony because of the pandemic, and will operate along her sister vessel on Falklands fishing grounds.
Voters in northern Spain wore face masks and used hand sanitizer gel before entering polling stations on Sunday as Galicia and the Basque Country held regional elections while fighting localized outbreaks of COVID-19.
The Galician Nodosa shipyard launched this week a trawler-freezer, Montelourido which according to the Vigo media was ordered by Rampesca and their Falklands' partners RBC.