|Project Details||Galicia is one of the main autonomous communities in Spain, where fisheries, aquaculture and shellfish collection sectors have been developed widely . With suitable zones for further aquaculture production, Galicia has been one of the main targets for the expansion of the sector according to the multi annual national strategic aquaculture plan of Spain [3, 15, 16]. |
Accordingly, in 2015, the responsible regional authority, i.e. the Xunta de Galicia, has carried out the draft of a new aquaculture legislation for the sector's expansion in Galicia, following the strategic steps set by Europe and then Spain. It aimed to apply an intensive aquaculture model in Galicia which can be easily expanded [1, 14].
APROAMAR has underlined in its letter to the official administration ('Conselleria') that the proposed legislation was undermining the traditional and artesanal fishing and shellfishing sectors and included the risk of leading to the privatisation of common areas with the new system of concessions. They revealed that they are afraid of the capital interests of big enterprises and consolidations. Moreover, they highlighted that such a system would lead to a production above the natural limits of the ecosystem .
Members of APROAMAR and of the Platform for the Defense of Ría de Arousa (Plataforma en Defensa da Ría de Arousa) underline that Norwegian companies such as Northwest Food already had installed salmon farms in Galicia, which had led to several conflicts in 2011. As a result of these conflicts, where around thirty fisher boats were protesting and resisting their establishment on their waters, the company had to replace their cages [7, 16]. The North West Food company was claiming that it had invested more than 3 million Euros since 2008 and that it was its right to produce in Galicia . At that period, however, the opponents of aquaculture projects were already warning the authorities that the mobilisations would continue since it is an injustice and these fish farms would lead to water contamination as well as create a risk for the loss of around 5,000 jobs  .
|Project Area (in hectares)||17,300|
|Level of Investment (in USD)||3,000,000|
|Type of Population||Semi-urban|
|Potential Affected Population||15,000|
|Company Names or State Enterprises||North West Food Sl (North West Food) from Spain|
Sociedad Española de Acuicultura (SEA) from Spain
Asociacion Empresarial de Acuicultura de España (APROMAR) from Spain
|Relevant government actors||Conselleria do Mar, |
MAPAMA (Ministerio de Agricultua y Pesca, Alimentacion y Medio Ambiente),
Xunta de Galicia
|International and Financial Institutions||Conselleria do Mar (Conselleria do Mar) from Spain|
Ministerio de Agricultua y Pesca, Alimentacion y Medio Ambiente (MAPAMA) from Spain
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||APROAMAR (Colectivo en defensa de los autónomos del mar)|
La Plataforma en Defensa de la Ría de Arousa: https://www.facebook.com/PDRArousa/
Federación Galega de Cofradias