Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Fisherman's Drama, Spain- Winter 2002

The first Legambiente group has arrived in Galicia. They will stay for ten days, from the 8th of December until the 18th.

We are continuing to search for contaminated birds, from Fisterra to Muxia. At "Langosteira" beach we have just found eight "Chapapote" victims - Chapapote, a new galician word born to definite the thick oil poured into the sea by the Prestige...sounds even funny, but it's not. We have found the army cleaning the oil on the beaches, together with the fisherman, and with the Spanish and international volunteers. The fisherman are those most affected by the economic consequences of this tragedy. Those who have a license will receive some money from the government, but there are too many without a license...too many that live from the sea will receive nothing.

From the fishermen’s words we recognise a trauma, they are already thinking about other jobs, other places: "Because this oil we see at the beaches is a very small part from what is into the sea". His father, his grandfather and even before, for generations, a job as a part of a family; now, dramatically, it has been stopped.

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