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Dead days in the ports: gathering in Brest, blockages in Le Havre and Boulogne


In Brittany, ports and ships are at a standstill this Thursday. Professionals denounce “unsuitable European regulations”.

More fishing, more fish

”: several hundred Breton fishermen have begun to gather in Brest at the call of the national fisheries committee for an unprecedented “

dead sector

” operation in French ports.

Arriving by boat, the fishermen began to gather in the port of Brest, firing distress flares and burning smoke from their ships, according to the journalist.

For Brittany, "

all ports and ships are at a standstill

," said Jacques Doudet, secretary general of the Brittany regional fisheries committee.

In Brest, fishermen have planned to walk on the auction and the quays to distribute leaflets.

Rallies are also planned in Saint-Malo and Friday in Lorient.

Fishmongers and sellers of seafood are also invited to join these days of action, according to the Breton committee which insists "

on the non-violent nature of the actions


This unprecedented operation takes place in a climate of tension never seen since the Brexit crisis.

Professionals denounce "

unsuitable European regulations

", in particular the ban on bottom fishing in marine protected areas by 2030, and the decision of the Council of State imposing the closure of certain fishing areas within six months. in the Atlantic in order to preserve the dolphins whose strandings have multiplied in the Bay of Biscay.

They demand the payment of diesel aid, of which “

some have not been paid for six months

”, and the harmonization of the rules for controlling fisheries and vessel safety in France.

Read alsoA wave of anger brings French ports to a halt

In Boulogne-sur-Mer, the mobilization started on Sunday evening

In Le Havre, trawlers blocked access to the outer harbor and the channel, according to the prefecture, which indicates that around fifty fishermen also blocked a roundabout in front of the Le Havre headquarters of the territorial management of Haropa.

A towing operation also took place on the Normandy bridge.

In Boulogne-sur-Mer, the main French port, the mobilization started on Sunday evening with the blocking of the port, and the auction closed on Tuesday: the fishermen warned European ships spawning in the Channel not to come and unload their fish.

The Secretary of State for the Sea Hervé Berville, who said he was "

in solidarity with the spirit of the movement

", is expected Thursday in Les Sables-d'Olonne (Vendée) to meet the regional committee for maritime fisheries and marine farming. Pays-de-la-Loire (Corepem).

Source: lefigaro

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