The Government of Cantabria (Spain), partner in the SAFER project, will aid seafood and the aquaculture sector to deal with the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Regional Ministry of Rural Development, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Environment has called for urgent aid orders to support seafood and the aquaculture sector, each with a budget of 50,000 euros.
The Regional Ministry of Rural Development, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Environment, Guillermo Blanco highlighted the importance of this aid to support the seafood workers, whose activities have been drastically reduced as a result of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding call for the seafood sector, published on the 20th of August in the Official Bulletin of Cantabria, will be co-financed up to 75% by the European Union with resources from the Maritime and Fisheries Fund (MFF) through Cantabria's MMF 2014-2020 operational programme.
Minister Blanco insisted that his department will do "everything possible within their capacity" to ensure that the fisheries sector, "one of the main engine for development of coastal municipalities and economic activity in the region", is harmed as little as possible by the coronavirus pandemic.
The beneficiaries of this aid will be the Cantabrian seafood workers who have a valid card at the time of application, and they must also have 120 days of activity in the previous two years. The maximum amount of the aid will be €50 for each day of extraordinary temporary cessation and will be calculated on the basis of the average number of days worked by each seafood worker between 16th March and 15th July in the years 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Minister Guillermo Blanco took the opportunity to emphasize that, like other activities in the primary sector, fishing has played a fundamental role during the state of emergency in supplying food to the population, "something that is vital for the well-being of all".
The Government of Cantabria will continue to support its activity with its policy of subsidies and aid, as well as the encouragement of the development of projects like SAFER, which promote its development in Cantabria
and the seafood sector has the potential to apply new technologies and introduce new innovative solutions
to be more competitive and resilient to adversities
such as COVID-19.
Source: Government of Cantabria