ALICANTE Port’s fish market has reopened after more than a decade and 8 March saw the landing of the first catch for the new enterprise. Local vessel Pesca Cuatro landed 750 kilos of mainly sardines and anchovies for auction where there was plenty of interest from fishmongers and other markets from the province and beyond. The Department of Agriculture granted the licence to trade earlier this year after a long period of negotiations, a franchise that costs the market’s owners €100,000 annually, payable to the port authorities. About 50,000 kilos of fish a year were being auctioned at the old market until its closure in 2003. The original closure came about after the market spent €3m on new buildings that it was thought, wrongly, would be paid for from EU funding.