A costly blockade of Spain’s ports by fishermen angry over the rising cost of fuel has ended with a deal on government subsidies. The stoppage which began on Sunday prevented both passenger and trade vessels from entering or leaving Spain’s harbours, costing millions of euros a day. After long talks with fishermen’s groups, the government finally agreed to pay out 9.5 cents per litre of diesel, up from 6 cents. Fishermen say fuel accounts for more than 40 percent of their running costs.
The head of the Fishing Societies Federation has apologised to the Spanish public and businesses for the harm done. Authorities in Barcelona, one of Spain’s largest ports, say the blockade cost nearly three million euros a day. Several thousand tourists were left stranded on Wednesday when ferry services to the Balearic islands and North Africa were halted.