The Council of Ministers today approved a €750,000 to Support the fisheries sector by implementing measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
The aim of the Plan, which provides for the temporary suspension of fishing activities for a maximum period of 2 months, is to support the professional fishermen of Cyprus during the period of implementation of these restrictive measures.
The pandemic threaten the viability of the Cypriot fishing fleet, as the closure of hotels and restaurants, especially fish taverns, as well as the reduction of consumer purchasing power, have greatly reduced the demand for fishing products.
Also, fish markets do not receive fish from fishermen because they face a problem with their availability in the market, while as a result of limited demand there is a significant reduction in prices.
As a result, fishing trips and, consequently, the income of professional fishermen have been greatly reduced.
The Plan, submitted today to the Council of Ministers by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mr. Costas Kadis, concerns all professional fishermen of coastal fishing Categories of licenses A and B, as well as boat owners who hold a multi-potential fishing license for boats over 12 meters.
Beneficiaries of the Plan are those professional fishermen who hold a fishing license for the year 2020 and have been engaged in fishing activities at sea for at least 120 days, in total, during the years 2018 and 2019.
The Project budget is € 750,000 and will apply for co-financing. from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
More information on the terms of participation in the Plan and the process of submitting applications by eligible fishermen will be given in a separate announcement by the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research, which will be published tomorrow by PIO.