Algarve and Alentejo fish auctions give fish to those who need it during the pandemic

In all, 18 tons of fish have been donated from 13 auctions across the country

Photo: Docapesca

In the last ten months, Docapesca has donated 18 tonnes of fish from 13 Portuguese auctions, including those in Sagres, Rio Arade, Quarteira and Olhão, in the Algarve, and in Sines, in the Alentejo.

The donation of fish began last May, following the arrival of the pandemic in Portugal, in conjunction with the Parish Councils of the communities where the fish auctions are located, «to support local programs to help families in need», according to the Docapesca.

"This year, the program agreed with the parish councils contemplated an increase in the amount of fish donated weekly, from 100 kilos to 200 kilos per auction," added the public company.

Altogether, there are 13 auctions from the North to the South of the country that contribute to this effort. In addition to the five auctions in the Algarve and Alentejo, the auctions in Viana do Castelo, Póvoa de Varzim, Matosinhos, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Nazaré, Peniche and Sesimbra joined the initiative.

“This initiative is part of the social aspect of the campaign to promote national fish – CCL – Proof of Purchase in Auction, the seal that guarantees that fish is caught exclusively by national vessels in Portuguese waters”, concluded Docapesca.