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Gibraltar reaches truce with Spanish fishermen

Fishing activities to resume until December in the hope of nailing down a definitive deal

Spanish fishermen and the administrative government in Gibraltar reached an agreement on Friday, after calling a truce until the end of the year over fishing rights in disputed waters near the British colony.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and representatives of about 70 boats from Algeciras and La Linea de la Concepción agreed that fishing can continue from August 16 until December, when a final decision is expected.

For months Gibraltar has been trying to keep the Spanish boats from trawling near the British territory because it considers this type of fishing detrimental to the environment.

"It is a kind of a truce that will remain intact until the end of the year, when a final agreement will be hammered out," said Pedro Mazza, of the Andalusia Association of Fishermen.

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