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President Ch?vez announces end to fish trawling in Venezuela

The President of the Republic, Hugo Chávez Frías, announced that next Friday, March 13th, at midnight the practice of fish trawling in Venezuela will end because the relevant section of the Law of Fishing and Aquaculture is set to come into effect.

The announcement was made at a ministerial council meeting in Miraflores Palace, during a section filmed by ‘Dando y Dando’, a program broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión.

President Chávez spoke about the pernicious nature of this fishing practice and characterized it as a crime.

“[Trawling] destroys flora, plankton, the sea bed, and 70 to 80 percent of yield is wasted; it is lamentable to see how millions of fish die on boat decks as they separate out the shrimp, which is used for export,” emphasized the President.

“This is a crime of capitalism, it is the path to damnation; we are on the path of socialism and the salvation of humanity,” he continued.

The President announced a public event for the day in which this practice will end.  The Law of Fishing and Aquaculture was passed on March 13th 2008; it established a twelve month period for fish trawling companies to adapt to new regulations established in the law.

The President was handed the National Plan for the Elimination of Industrial Fish Trawling by Vice President Ramón Carrizales.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / March 5, 2009

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