“Only foreigners can fish our waters”
HOLGUIN, Cuba – February 15 (Liannis Meriño Aguilera, Jóvenes sin Censura / www.cubanet.org) – Residents of a small fishing village in Holguín province complain that increasingly stern restrictions on their traditonal occupation mean that only foreign tourists can fish their waters.
“Before 1959, most residents of Puerto de Vita fished for a living. Now only foreigners can fish our waters,” said human rights activist Vicente Hidalgo, who complained that “severe restrictions directed at fishermen became harsher after the government established a recreational fishing center nearby.”
“Recently,” he said, “two fishermen were fined 1,500 pesos each because they didn’t have the fishing permit which has to be obtained daily from the port authority and which in any case, is very hard to get.”