The Official State Gazette (BOE) has published the order defining the insurance conditions for marine aquaculture farms destined for the production of mussels corresponding to the Combined Agricultural Insurance Plan.
For insurance purposes, the insurable productions of Mussels from Galicia, Mussels from the Ebro Delta, Clóchina from Valencia, Mussels from Andalusia are established according to their location.
Mussel from Galicia, only the one that has reached a sufficient size for its commercialization, and the one from breeding or splitting, will be insurable. The production fixed to the collecting ropes, or the production fixed to the ropes’ tail, nor the existing production in polygons exclusively reserved for reparking, declared by the competent body of the Xunta de Galicia, will not be insurable.
The Ebro Delta mussel will be insurable for commercial or harvested mussels greater than 4 centimeters, and breeding or remainders greater than 1 centimeter and less than 4 centimeters, which will be commercial for the following campaign. The production value of the farmed mussel may not exceed 30% of the total production value of the rafts owned by the insured.
Commercial Clóchina de Valencia greater than 4 centimeters in the harvest, and breeding or rest, between 1 centimeter and 4 centimeters that will be commercial in the following campaign. As in the case of the Ebro Delta mussel, in this case it may not exceed 30% of the total production value of the rafts owned by the insured.
In the case of the Andalusian Mussel, the insurance proposes four types of productive animals, in which the insured must include their commercial production once they have reached a sufficient size for sale and which cover the four quarters of the year.
The predominant production system in Spain is that of mussel rafts or clóchina in Galicia, Catalonia and the Valencian Community, while in Andalusia it is the long-line system. In the case of the Ebro Delta mussel, the established areas are, in Tarragona, the Fangar Bay and the Alfacs Bay; in the Valencian Community the Port of Valencia and the Port of Sagunto.
The effective date of the insurance will depend on the payment method chosen by the insured. In the case of the Galician and Andalusian mussels, the guarantee period will end on the day one year after entry into force.
The commercial mussel of the Ebro Delta will have as periods, May 1 to July 15 for those of the Bay of Alfacs and from June 1 to September 15 for those of the Fangar Bay. The breeding mussel of both bays will be from May 1 to September 30.
The commercial clóchina of Valencia from May 1 to August 31, and the breeding one, from May 1 to April 30 of the following year.
In the event of an official closure of the Bay of Alfacs by the competent authority during the guarantee period, these will be extended for 15 days, until July 31 if the closure occurs between June 15 and July 15, and its duration was at least 15 consecutive and accumulated days.
If the above conditions occur and the closure extends beyond July 31, the guarantees will end 2 days after the official opening of the bay by the competent authority.
In the event of red tides, it will be taken into account that, once a red tide closure has occurred, it should continue beyond the date of the end of the aforementioned guarantees, so that the guarantees of the policy on the production exposed to risk are maintained. , a new insurance declaration must have been signed for the following Insurance Plan in the ten days before or after the expiration of the insurance.
The subscription period, according to the 43 Annual Combined Agricultural Insurance Plan, will start from February 1 to April 30, 2022 and the 44 Plan will start from February 1, 2023 until April 30, 2023.
The values of the Galician mussel for compensation will be 0.90 euros per kilo as a maximum value and 0.30 euros as a minimum. The farmed mussel of 0.25 maximum and 0.15 euros per kilo minimum.
The values of the mussel from the Ebro Delta will be 1.20 maximum and 0.80 minimum euros per kilo for the commercial; and 0.80 maximum and 0.50 minimum for breeding.
The commercial clóchina of Valencia has a maximum value of 3 euros and a minimum of 2.70 euros. The breeding is valued at 1 euro maximum and 0.70 minimum.
Finally, the Andalusian mussel is valued between 0.57 euros per kilo and 0.34 euros per kilo.
The annexes to the order also describe the compensation values for the guarantee of losses and expenses for returning to the original raft, those for the withdrawal and elimination of production after an incident, and the geographical distribution of the estuaries in sub-areas and polygons. for the Galician mussel.
Order APA/11/2022, of January 5, which defines the insurable farms, the minimum technical conditions of exploitation and management, the scope of application, the guarantee periods, the subscription dates, and the value of the production of molluscs in relation to marine aquaculture insurance for mussels, included in the corresponding Combined Agricultural Insurance Plan.