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In Rennes, fishermen up against the municipality


Highlights: The city of Rennes has adopted a charter on the condition of animals. The aim is to raise awareness of the risks and consequences of fishing. The fishing federation of the city says the charter is an attack on fishermen. The city's councillor says that the charter was voted by all the political groups. He says that fishermen should not be allowed to fish in waterways that are not under the city's jurisdiction, such as the Canal de Rennes. The reason is that the baits used would contribute to polluting the body of water.

The charter on the condition of animals adopted by the city is not to the taste of the fishing federation of Ille-et-Vilaine.

The tea towel burns between the fishing federation of Ille-et-Vilaine and the municipality of Rennes. The latter has just adopted a charter on the condition of animals drawn up in a participatory manner. However, among the 29 commitments broken down into 105 actions to be carried out on the territory, is that of raising awareness of a change in recreational fishing practices. In particular, it is planned to inform about its "risks, nuisances and consequences" and to take a stand against mutilating methods (tardillon, lively).

The city also decided to revise the municipal by-law and prohibit fishing in the only pond where it was still allowed, west of the Breton capital. The reason: the baits used would contribute to polluting the body of water where Rennes come to swim in summer when cyanobacteria are not too numerous.

On Facebook, the federation reacted strongly, considering that the city openly attacks fishing and fishermen, "an associative network that works daily and concretely for the preservation of aquatic environments and species". According to its president, Jérémy Grandière, "fishermen are not, as we would like to believe, simple consumers of leisure or fish but actors committed to biodiversity". He adds that the draft charter was "launched at the request of antispeciesist associations in Rennes during the last municipal elections".

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This is denied by Jean-Marie Goater, municipal councillor ecologist delegate to the animal. The elected representative recalls that the charter was voted by all the political groups unanimously. The federation had been invited from the beginning to participate in its development, but "it immediately cut short," he says.

He blames fishermen for not respecting existing prohibitions and says it is still possible to fish in waterways that do not fall under the city's jurisdiction, such as the canal.

Source: leparis

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