Fish Farming Struggles On

Friday, March 22, 2013
By Martin Myall

Anybody who has visited the beach between La Caleta and the Peñon in Salobreña will have seen the fish-farming pens, washed up and seemingly abandoned there. In fact, one even ended up on Velilla Beach in Almuñécar.

The sad thing is that both the Salobreña installations and the Carchuna ones would be going concerns if they had financing, but just like everybody else, they have found the doors closed to this necessity.

Several months back we reported in the Seaside Gazette that an ex-biologist from the Caleta installations had joined forces with two other partners to put the Granada fish-farming installations back into business. They had high hopes and were planning on the diversifying of the produce, including octopus and mussels, for example. But all their hopes were pinned on a backer coming through, but it was in vain.

The separate installations set up by Joaquín Martín Montero in La Caleta and José Julián Romero in Carchuna became casualties in 2010 and 2011 in the economic downturn that began in 2008. A year ago, as mentioned above, three partners came along with the idea of running both installations, but the result has been for the partnership to break up: Francisco Ruiz from Malaga through the company Andalmar Biotech is fighting to get Carchuna off the ground, whilst the biologist Juan José Nogales has taken on La Caleta.

The original joint enterprise had won a grant of 475,000 euros from European funds but they had to give it up because they couldn’t find the funds to get the enterprise started – the grant is handed over once the project is finished and justified.

Does it mean that it’s all over? No, because the search for financial backing continues – both men are determined and convinced that the installations have a future. We wish them luck.

(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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