Palma.— The Port of Pollensa will host for the first time a second hand nautical fair to raise funds for the local fisherman, from October 12.
The event, organised by the local council, the Yacht Club, the fisherman and a promoting web team was created after reports shed light over the serious economical difficulties the fisherman are going through.

Last October some had to vacate the 13 square metre warehouse used to store their fishing material, unable to pay the 900 euros per year demanded up front by the Balearic Port Authority. “We think that united we will get better results to resolve the issue rather than going it alone,” said Sebastia Danthez from the web team.
Workshops, exhibitions and the presence of sports personalities, some who have sailed round the island, are set to be the main attractions of the event. “This is something that does not happen often in Spain but it's very common in France. The idea is to combine the display and sale of second hand boats with a series of side events. We will have people coming over to speak about their experiences alongside sports personalities,” added Sebastia.

Since last October, when the fisherman decided to go public with their complaints the Balearic Port Authority has agreed to stop charging fees upfront and simply charge them in two split payments in June and December.

Entry to the event will be free and organisers hope to also raise the necessary money through a series of raffles.