A Spanish fisherman’s life on the high seas: harsh, risky and badly paid

The tragedy, Spain’s worst fishing accident in nearly 40 years which claimed 21 lives and left only three survivors when their ship foundered in stormy waters off Newfoundland, has thrown into sharp relief the risks and harsh working conditions faced by fishermen. Often these deep-sea fishermen will spend months at sea, far from their families. “You’re away for so long: you go out to sea when your child’s just been born and when you come back, he’s already doing his first communion,” jokes Martínez as he takes a coffee at a bar popular with fishermen in Marín. He used to spend six-month stints at sea fishing for cod off Newfoundland but is currently not working after having a hernia operation. commercial fishing. >click to read< 14:04

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