Socialists ask the Government to create a Co-management Committee for the Algarve octopus fishery

Deputies consider that «it is essential to finance these activities with socio-economic relevance at regional level»

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Members of the Parliamentary Group of the PS elected by the Algarve constituency delivered a draft resolution to the Assembly of the Republic in which they recommend that the Government promote the creation of the Co-management Committee for the Algarve octopus fishery, but they were not the only ones. 

The deputies elected by the Leiria circle also ask the Government to finance the Co-management Committee for barnacle harvesting in the Berlengas Nature Reserve.

Parliamentarians ask the executive to provide these committees with adequate financial resources to carry out the functions of promoting a balance between environmental preservation and the exploitation of the resource, in order to ensure the sustainability of these species and the respective economic activity.

The deputies consider that «it is essential to finance these activities with socio-economic relevance at regional level, as they are biological resources highly appreciated and valued in national and international terms, without disrespecting the sustainability of these species».

In the case of the octopus fishery in the Algarve, the socialist deputies refer that the PARTICIPESCA project, co-financed by the MAR 2020 Operational Programme, intends to implement a co-management system for the octopus fishery in the Algarve, for the sustainability of this species and the economic activity it involves, with the participation of all those who depend on it.



PARTICIPESCA is led by Associação Natureza Portugal (ANP) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in partnership with the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) of the University of Algarve ( UAlg) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

The initiative involves 14 local fishermen's associations, representing more than 700 fishermen throughout the region and other entities involved in the fishery.

«The expected results involve more participation of local communities, greater involvement and co-responsibility for decision-making, more value and greater income for fishermen with less pressure on resources», refer the parliamentarians.

Within the scope of PARTICIPESCA, at the end of 2022, documents and recommendations were produced, both for the creation and implementation of the co-management committee, and for the fisheries management plan, the content of which was worked on and reached consensus within the working group extended framework created throughout the project.

Thus, for this co-management committee to function properly under the terms of Decree-Law No. 73/2020, of 23 September, the socialists reinforce that funds are needed to ensure the dynamization of the co-management committee, the stock assessment, the effort assessment fisheries, the management plan and valuation and certification.

In this context, the Parliamentary Group of the Socialist Party believes that it is of the utmost importance to address a set of recommendations to the Government with a view to adopting the necessary measures to achieve the aforementioned objectives, presenting a draft resolution.