Only buy local Ibiza fish

October 7th, 2008 - 5:05 pm Posted in ibiza news | Comments (0)

ibiza fishAt a time when giant fisheries are flooding the market with cheap fish Ibiza’s local fishermen’s association are advertising their time-honoured values of traditional fishing methods and quality. Working in co-operation with the Balearic Islands ministry for agriculture and fishing, the two organisations have created a local ‘seal of approval’ so that local consumers can support local fishermen by buying locally caught fish. The little sticker is blue and white with the image of a small fish and the words ‘Piex nostrum’ on it – meaning ‘our fish’.

This designation of origin was introduced in mid-October by the general director of the previously mentioned ministry, Patricia Arbona, and the president of Eivissa’s fisherman’s association, Emilio Benitez Lopez. Arbona said, “While the fish with the seal is more expensive, customers can be sure that the product is not only of the highest quality, but can also be secure in the knowledge that the traditional fishing methods do not lead to over fishing of the local waters.”

Lopez announced that a “maximum of four hours” elapse between catch and the further sale to fishmongers on the island. This means that the fish is almost perfectly fresh by the time it gets to your plate.

The second fisherman’s association on the island, based in Sant Antoni, has yet to join this initiative. They are currently in discussions and Lopez from Eivissa’s association is optimistic that soon all of the fishermen will be able to use the ‘Piex nostrum’ label. Lopez further believes that the fishermen on Formentera should consider creating their own designation of original seal.

The campaign, which the state government and the fishermen’s association also want to talk up in the island schools, is being partly co-financed by the EU regional fund.

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