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Small-Scale fishers want slice of El Salvador’s sea controlled by big-time shrimpers

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

For the third time in 10 years, small-scale fishers in El Salvador are trying to get Congress to modify the country's fishing law, to create a five-mile exclusion zone along the coast where the industrial fleet would be banned from fishing.

That demand has them at loggerheads with large national companies that fish for shrimp in the area off the coast of this Central American country.

The trawl nets used by the shrimp boats capture juveniles of different species before they have been able to breed, the small-scale fishers complain.

Original source: Inter-Press Service