FISHERMEN in the Balearics will not be scooping shoals of jellyfish out of the water before they are washed up on the coast this year, Joan Canaves, President of the regional Fishermen's Federation said yesterday.
Canaves explained that in the previous two years, Central Government's Environment ministry had asked for the fishermen's help in keeping down the numbers of jellyfish washed up on Balearic beaches in return for pay. This season, he claimed, the government definitely didn't want to renew the arrangement. The ministry had apparently said that at a time of economic crisis, it was not viable to employ fishermen to keep a lookout for shoals of jellyfish for the whole of the summer. A spokesman reportedly said that there was always the possibility that the shoals might never turn up. The ministry claimed that the boats which were contracted to keep a jellyfish watch in previous years had not been adequately utilised.