Emergency aid to fishermen Arcachon

BORDEAUX (Reuters) - Emergency aid of 400 euros has been promised to each sailor in the Arcachon Bay, in Gironde, whose average income over the last three months has been lower than the minimum wage, we learned from a union source .

According to Alain Argelas, president of the Arcachon union of sailors, shipowners and owners (Samap), four municipalities (Arcachon, La Teste-de-Buch, Le Teich and Gujan-Mestras) have agreed to grant this emergency aid to the sailors, the day after their blockade of the Arcachon marina was lifted.

Advances on fuel prices and an increase in average 10 cents per kilo of fish for sale at the auction were promised on shipowners to pay the crews, do we added the same source.

Thirty sailors had blocked the entrance to the marina during the weekend to protest against the increase in the price of diesel and the insufficiency of a recent government envelope of 80 million euros. (Econology note: Not only is this a temporary solution but in addition this sum represents approximately 80 times what it would take to get things done at Pantone R&D level. This measure will obviously be to the detriment of real advances in research for a sober engine…)

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Joined by skipper-fishermen and shipowners, the sailors had lifted the blockade Monday evening, after the promise of meetings Tuesday under the authority of the sub-prefect of Arcachon.

The port undertook to pay an advance of 5 euro cents for three months per liter of diesel consumed by the trawlers.

"It is not a feeling of total satisfaction, but at least these measures will allow us to get back to sea and that is the main thing," said Alain Argelas.

The fishermen pay the diesel 0,52 euro the liter whereas it would be necessary, according to the union, that the fuel is to 0,30 euro for the fishing to be profitable.


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