Turkish fishers to bring action on BTC project

Oil&Gas Materials 13 December 2005 12:28 (UTC +04:00)

The Turkish fishers have appealed to the court as a sign of protest to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan project, Trend reports in reference to Turkish media. The Turkish authorities banned the residents of the coastal regions of Iskenderun Gulf, near the Black sea port of Ceyhan, which ranges 3 km, to fish in the area.

100 fishers demand from the BTC the payment of compensation in the amount of 3m Turkish lires ($2,220m).

The appeal was made following an announcement by BOTAS company, which stressed that the step was taken in accordance with the resolution by the BTC operators.

In the beginning the fishers demanded from the BTC to purchase big fishing vessels to enable them to fish in the internal waters of the country. However, BTC stated it had allocated $6m for social and ecological purposes and did not have plans on new investments in this direction.

The local authorities put a bar on fishing not only in the zone of port, but also in several kilometers of the sea terminal.