HAVANA, Cuba, May 7 (Leafar Pérez / www.cubanet.org) – Fishermen working for the government’s PESCACUBA are complaining that payment for their catches has been cut in half.
The company announced the reduction in April. The fishermen gave an example of one fish that brought then 1,500 pesos a ton now brings in 800.
One of the fishermen, Osvaldo Nieves, said the fleet of fishing boats is not well maintained. “Some boats have been at anchor for five months because of a shortage of anchors, compasses and motors,” he said. “When the boats are tied up, we don’t get paid.”