The workers assured that officials strip them of the cargo they bring after three days of work at sea, plant evidence to imprison them and torture them to steal from them.
“They take away our catch, they take away our nylon, our engines and they portray us as thieves,” denounced José Salazar, a fisherman in the state of Anzoátegui.
On the other hand, they assured that there are armed groups that torture them to steal from them and leave them adrift at sea without engines so we get lost.
“They arrive disguised with shotguns and revolvers (…) My nephew was shocked with electricity from the power plant, they cut the lines and we are left without the motors so that we get lost and cannot return to the shore,” Salazar said.
Seafarers say that the crisis in Venezuela makes it difficult to get spare parts for boats, such as engines and other supplies that are sold in foreign currency.
“We sell the fish in bolivars and to get dollars is difficult. We have to repair the boats ourselves because they charge us a lot for labor and they also want to charge us in dollars.
The fishermen say that the supply of species could be affected because of the problems they face in carrying out their work. The coasts of the state of Anzoátegui have a high concentration of artisanal fishing villages that supply marine products to businesses in the east of the country.