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“It’s very tough, you make a lot of sacrifices and they don’t pay you what they should,” shrugs Jeronimo Martinez, a fisherman from Marin, home port of the shipwrecked Spanish trawler.

The tragedy — which claimed 21 lives and left only three survivors when their ship foundered in stormy waters off Newfoundland in Spain’s worst fishing accident in nearly 40 years — has thrown into sharp focus the risks and harsh working conditions faced by fishers.

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