Galician Backing For Scots Seminar –

Galician Backing For Scots Seminar Fishing Monthly Published:  06 December, 2002

THE President of the region of Galicia in Spain, which faces an economic disaster from oil pollution, has backed Highland Council’s idea of an international seminar to consider future action to safeguard the European coastline, and the Minch and Pentland Firth in particular, from future spills.

President Manuel Fraga Iribarne, head of the Xunta of Galicia, also said that he wanted to see new EC rules strengthened and brought in quickly to prevent more devastation in coastal communities.

Councillor Bill Fulton, the Council’s waste management spokesman, wrote to President Manuel Fraga Iribarne, shortly after the ‘Prestige’ went down off northwest Spain, expressing the sympathy of the Council for a region which has many features in common with the Highlands and Islands coastal communities.

Councillor Fulton said: “Their economy is dependent on fishing and tourism just as ours is, and I felt it right to express our solidarity with them at a time like this and to offer support to try to ensure that these incidents don’t keep happening. President Manuel Fraga Iribarne said in his letter that it would be of great interest to hold a seminar to discuss ways of making the seas safer.”