LINPAC Packaging Pravia are pleased to announce they have renewed their commitment to the Spanish Fishing Association Las Mestas del Narcea (http://www.lasmestasdelnarcea.com/). In a ceremony which took place on December 30th Ricardo Cabeza (Managing Director of LINPAC Packaging Iberiand & Italy) along with Enrique Berrocal (President of Las Mestas del Narcea) signed a renewal of the commitment for a further 10 years. LINPAC Packaging support the operation a fish farm located alongside its Quintana site in Pravia, Asturias. The farm nutures salmon throughout their full life cycle from birth until they are released into the local rivers of the region.
The Regional Government represented by the Regional Minister of Agriculture and Livestock and Autochthonous Resources, María Jesús Álvarez was present at the ceremony alongside the Mayors of several surrounding towns including Pravia.
During the meeting Enrique Berrocal urged the Regional Minister for additional support with their work in maintaining the health of the local rivers and in keeping them stocked with healthy salmon. Last year the Association was given 35 reproductive female salmon by the Regional Government, but their premises in Quintana could have nurtured more fish to help with the repopulation of not only the Narcea-Nalón and Esva rivers but also in the river Eo where they have not been able to work as yet.
Enrique went on to highlight the collaboration with LINPAC Packaging which provided essential support for the programme in terms of the provision of the necessary staff to run the Quintana operation and without whom they would not be able to continue with the limited resources currently available to them.
Earlier in 2014 Enrique claimed the title of having caught the first salmon of the season from the Narcea River (Asturias). The salmon weighed in at more than 4.7 kg. Catching the first salmon of the season is a very prestigious title and the salmon known as ‘Campanu’ (the bell) is sold at a special auction during the festival of salmon. (In the past when the first salmon of the season was caught all the local church bells would be rung, hence the name). Restauranters from as far away as Madrid attend the auction of buy the first salmon of the season to serve to their most valued customers.