the problem of scale – government of Slovenia and fishing

February 16th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

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A friend of mine mentioned a while ago, that after listening to tv news about fishing disputes with Croatia, she went and checked how many fishermen there are actually. She is from the coastal region, so she suspected there might be something wrong with the facts.

she found out, that there is in fact, just over 100 people in this “sector”. to quote the “National strategic plan  for development of fishing in Slovenia“:

Statistični podatki kažejo pomembno povečanje v številu delovno aktivnih oseb v gospodarskem ribolovu in akvakulturi skupaj za obdobje 1996-2004. Število delovno aktivnih oseb v ribiški predelavi se je v istem obdobju rahlo zmanjšalo. Vendar je bilo v letu 2005 okoli 142 zaposlenih v morskem ribištvu, kar je 2 manj kot leta 2004

from: Ministry of Agriculture

The document i’m quoting here is 38 pages of dense text about the status and the plans to develop a commercial sector of 150 people. Fishing has it special place in our national budget, with 10,740,533 EUR allocated for it’s development in 2012. Yes, that’s 10 and 6 zeros following it.

I like fishing, I like the sea, I like fishermen.

But for crying out loud, how can our country survive the financial crisis if the Ministries are spending time, resources and energy on, I’m sorry, projects with no impact on national level?!?!?!

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