A nation surrounded by the sea, with a rich fishing culture...
Fishing Industry Links
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The nation of Spain is surrounded on all sides by water. At any given location in the country, the coast is within a 3 hour car or bus ride. This has contributed to a historical reliance on the sea for food and industry.
On the pages of this particular culture quest you have had the opportunity to explore several aspects of how fish and culture interact in España. Here, we will discuss the commercial fishing industry that has historically thrived but began to suffer in contemporary times.
Spain in many ways can be seen as a landscape where the old meets the new. Centuries old techniques have now been combined with modern technology to create Europe's largest and most productive fish fleet.
Situated in southern Europe, Spain is surrounded on almost all sides by water. The Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, and the Balearic Sea all provide a rich source of aquatic fare. These productive waters are also used for man-maintained aquaculture.
Created by Jeremy B. Rynders, 20 March 2007 Updated 17 April 2007