Galician barnacle sector sales forecast to be similar to those of last five-year period
Friday, December 07, 2018, 22:10 (GMT + 9)
Xunta de Galicia expects the barnacle sector to end this year with sales revenue from this crustacean in the fish market similar to those of the last five years.
These are the estimates that the Galician Executive handles when the data for December are to be recorded, month in which around 11 per cent of the crustacean is usually captured, implying 16 per cent of the billing of the whole year.
With the consolidated data up to November 1, the billing is already above the average of the last five years, so everything seems to indicate that with the incorporation of data from the Christmas season this figure will be exceeded if the weather forecasts do not have a negative influence on the catch.
This was reported by the head of Undersecretariat Rosa Quintana to members of the Galician Parliament, to whom she said that the data show that, "without being a leading year, 2018 is not outside the normal parameters of the historical activity series of the last 15 years and, especially, of the last five years".
Quintana also pointed out that the Undersecretariat of Marine Affairs has a network of area biologists that coordinate with those of the associations and are responsible for ensuring that the barnacle catch is carried out with full environmental sustainability.
In addition, she highlighted that another indicator of the evolution of the activity is that in 2019 the approval of 37 barnacle management plans is foreseen for the entire coast of Galicia -- in the modalities of on-foot capture, from boats or a combination of both -- and that the proposals made by the associations do not reveal the willingness to reduce the effort as a response to a lower productive capacity.
In fact, apart from filling in the vacancies that take place within the framework of the plans, the associations requested increases of a total of 10 permissions to catch barnacle on-foot, 21 vessels and 52 crew members. The capture ceilings and the working days programmed by the sector do not fall either, and they are identical plans in capture planning to those of previous years, remarked Quintana.
"This situation would not occur if the resource was particularly in poor condition," she stressed, since "all plans are developed under the biologists’ supervision of the counseling and the associations, which offered their approval."