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Stranded dolphins: 15 deputies ask the government to act


Hundreds of cetaceans have been stranded on the Atlantic coast since the end of December, injured by fishing nets.

Fifteen deputies ask the government on Sunday to act, after the discovery of several hundred stranded dolphins in recent weeks on the Atlantic coast, by prohibiting non-selective fishing techniques for one month.


A winter suspension of non-selective fishing techniques in the most sensitive areas remains the only option to effectively protect dolphins

" write in a column in

the Sunday newspaper these elected officials - three


, three LFIs, three Renaissances, two Horizons, two LIOTs, a MoDem and a PS - led by ecologist Nicolas Thierry (EELV/Gironde).

“The massacre continues”, denounce the parliamentarians

The League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) had called on Wednesday for an interruption of at least a month of certain fishing practices suspected of having caused the death of animals.

According to the LPO, “

more than 300 corpses of small cetaceans, the vast majority of common dolphins protected by law, have been discovered on the French coasts, more particularly in Vendée and Charente-Maritime

” since December 2022.

The government has decided on measures to document the phenomenon and repel dolphins from fishing areas by means of acoustic repellents

”, recall the deputies in their tribune.

But “

the massacre continues, we must go further.

We join our voices to those of scientists and NGOs to demand more effective action in the face of the ongoing massacre on our shores

,” write the fifteen parliamentarians.

We are asking the government to suspend non-selective fishing techniques for one month in risk areas on the Atlantic coast.

This interruption must be accompanied by compensation for the fishermen concerned to make up for the shortfall.

Some of them are already in favor of it


Source: lefigaro

All tech articles on 2023-01-29

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