LOCAL fishermen morning blocked the entrance to the Latchi harbour for a few hours on Wednesday in protest over what they say are threats to their livelihoods instigated by the ports authority.
President of the fishermen’s association Alecos Christodoulou said that the ports authority, which has been in charge for the past 15 months, is trying to turn the fishing shelter into a marina and removing some of their vessels to make room for recreational boats.
Commenting on the authority’s efforts to crack down on what it claims is unlicensed fishing, vice president of the association Christos Ioannou said: “this harbour was built by our grandparents with their own hands.”
“We have been licensed since the day we were born.”
Dozens of families still depend on the work of the fishermen, he added.
Christodoulou said that the authorities were removing nets from the pier, while the professional fishermen are not allowed to use trailers to move their boats out of the harbour for maintenance, thus making their work even more difficult.
Polis Chrysochous mayor Yiotis Papachristofi said the municipality had not been informed about the demonstration.