Throughout history, between storms and calm seas, the fishermen of the Gulf of Morrosquillo They have been faced with all kinds of situations during the development of their artisanal fishing trade. These adverse issues reach its shores represented in illegal or trawling fishing, with explosives and the few species that were seen much more before.
Undoubtedly, one of the situations that most concerns artisanal fishermen in recent years are the spills of substances that are dumped into the sea during the development of port activities in the maritime terminal of Ecopetrol and Ocensa in Coveñas.
The most recent occurred on Tuesday afternoon when during the maintenance of a TLU monobuoy, which controlled the loading of crude from the terminal to the ships, a chemical substance appeared in the sea outside the area defined for the procedure they were doing.
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This type of emergency, according to the fishermen’s associations, weakens the marine ecosystem, which is reflected in a negative impact on the achievement of fishes. One of those that spoke out was Confepescar, with operations in Tolú, which is home to more than 15,600 families who live from fishing in the Gulf of Morrosquillo.
“As a fisheries confederation of the entire Caribbean coast, we raise our voices and demand a cleaner operation according to the sustainability of the marine environment where you (companies) operate. Before the protest voice of the fishermen of the Gulf of Morrosquillo, we see ourselves in the need to express what has been said above. We are witnesses to the little receptivity that the fishing sector has for you and as such should be a priority each year for its strengthening due to the environmental deterioration caused by the hydrocarbon export operation, ”the association said in a statement.
For his part Arnulfo Nunez Morelo, representative of the Caño Lobo fishermen’s association, in the municipality of San Antero, indicated that in the case of his locality 65% of the population is engaged in artisanal fishing and due to the limitations of work elements such as good boats are They are forced to extract the species in the surroundings of the maritime terminal where the fishing it has been greatly reduced.
“The seabed is damaged and fishing decreases. Before we brought up to 40 pounds of fish, now we invest about 100,000 pesos in each task and sometimes we return with nothing, “explained the fisherman.