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No More Aid For Spanish Tuna Fleet

A regulation due to come into action before the end of the year will disallow the giving of state aid to the European fishing fleet that fish in non-EU waters. The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Miguel Arias Canete announced the plans yesterday in the Senate.

Arias Canete has responded to a question asked by Spanish Senator, José María Cazalis about the government’s intentions on state support. Current national aid tax breaks and reductions in labor costs allow the Spanish tuna fleet to match competitively with other key players within the industry.

The Minister outlined that the General Secretariat of Fisheries is working towards the creation of a “special registration” of vessels fishing outside of the EU. For now, he ruled that support listed under the EC published guidelines on aid, in action from 2008 to the end of this year, will not be granted from this date.