When the Motril fishermen spotted a ship belonging to the gas-prospecting company, Chinook, making its way repeatedly between Nerja and Adra, they feared the worse, so they were soon hammering on the Mayor’s door. As the company is trying to get a licence to survey 150,000 hectares of sea floor along the Granada and Málaga coast, the fishermen could already begin to imagine the chaos the seismic soundings would make in the fishing grounds.
The Mayor, in turn, began hammering on other doors and came back with the reassuring news that the company had still not obtained the licence because they still hadn’t presented an environmental impact study. Fine for the moment, then, but that doesn’t mean that the danger is going to go away, either.
When or if the company does get the go-ahead to carry out the soundings, then the area will be off limits to the fishing fleet between 20 and 30 days, so not many party hats and balloons are to be seen at the fishermen’s favourite bar…
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)