San Cristóbal sailors’ district. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria:
Consuming fresh fish is fundamental for our health and the fishing industry
The sailors’ district of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria preserves the smell and the taste from the old times. It’s located at the end of the city and it apparience invites you to get involved in a world of ancient jobs. It’s a place to breathe the sea breeze. A perfect location where to watch the dawn or to enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks.
The traditional and colorful boats are the most iconic portrait of the district: it fulfills the scene with life and movement. That makes this location the perfect meeting point for fishermen.
La Puntilla’s Cove is an ideal shelter for boats and on this premise, the district of San Cristobal was settled as a fishing point. Since then,many restaurants and cooks were established in this part of the city focused on serving fresh sea products in their businesses every morning fished by sailors.
Almost every family of the district are tied economically to the ocean and its fishermen are those who supplied the best fish shops in the island
Last September, José Domingo Verde founded a fish store located right in the Fishermen’ Cooperative of the district. He told us canary people have always consumed any type of fish (mackerel, horse mackerel, parrot fish, sama fish, sheepshead, sardine, tuna..etc) and any kind of seafood such as macaw or shrimps.
Acquiring fresh fish boosts the fishing industry and the regional and local markets that depends on it such as Altavista’s Market, Vegueta’s Market and Port’s Market
Consuming fish adds vitamin B to our diet and the group of fishes catalogued as fatty or oily fish give us a certain amount of fat-soluble nutrients (vitamins A. D and E). Seafood are generally low-calorie meals and they are full of proteins and minerals (calcium, iron, iodine, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and potassium).
Due to this sanitary crisis, the fish market has decreased 20 percent on the total of sellings.
On the other hand, the economic recession has increased poaching habits around the industry, offering fishes without any quality or health control.
Primary Sector professionals have to follow the rules included in the Royal-Decree Law 418/2015, which regulates the terms and conditions of selling fishing products.
In this ticket, you’ll find a batch number, a commercial denomination, a scientific advice and the code ALFA-3 FAO which contains the fish denomination and characteristics such as the date, the geographic zone, the fisherman and the boat that caught the fish, the name and the code of the delivery port, the date and the location of the load and delivery of the product are included.
In addition to this, the shipowner or the company must be identified and the way how the fish was caught and the amount of it must be mentioned.
This process certified the quality of the fish that we proceed to consume and it’s the only normative way to secure its future consumption. IT’S OUR RIGHT AS CUSTOMER TO REQUIRE THIS TICKET!
To preserve our health is primordial for any professional of the fishing industry
For these reasons, we must help our fishing professionals and the local establishments during these hard times. We’ll help our primary sector to rise up again, in this case, the fishing sector.