Almost the entire fleet is in port for the end of the year celebrations.
Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- More than 95% of the shrimp fleet entered the port for fishermen to spend the holidays with their families, however, they will do so in the midst of uncertainty, as the vast majority will no longer return to the fishing.
The president of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Altamar, Carlos Rojas estimated that, given the high operating costs low prices and catches, more than 70% will no longer continue in the activity.
He said that the catches are low, each boat has brought between one and two tons which does not fully compensate the expenditure on inputs.
“What we are asking for is a good subsidy to tackle fishing because otherwise, it will paralyze the fleet, in fact, I have talked with small and large ship owners and they are very afraid to continue risking above all because the production has dropped a lot.”
For this reason, he stressed the importance of the government incentivizing the activity as it happens in other countries, but if there is no will of the authorities, fishing will be lost little by little.
The fishermen expressed that there is uncertainty this season since few fishermen will be able to return to a third trip since most of the boats will end the season early.
The sailor Luis Sanchez, who entered the port on December 22, will be fortunate to return to the catches, even they are already in the provisioning of the boat, to set sail on January 2.
Source: El Sol de Mazatlan
The Mazatlan Post