Sailors spit names of birds in the face; shells that roar in the swell and throw themselves on the flanks of the others; Smoke, tension and anger foaming: the scene was cleaned up in the media last week, crossing the storm Hulot to reach our screens, where we were definitely stunned. At a time when France accepted the resignation of its Minister of Ecology, fisherman's robe Norman Norman recovered in the fight against their counterparts Britain. If the game was particularly brutal, the scenario is nothing new. English and French seafarers have been flying into oil poles for some years, all against the background of threats to resources and liberal policies.
Short return, direction on October 9, 2012. In the English Channel, the season of the shell has not started again for ten days that about thirty Norman boats have already sailed to battle with the British, reports France Info. The former accuse the latter of plundering the seabed without adhering to the regulations. The insults merge in both languages and through gestures that do not need to be translated.
The Norman fishery has won the red label
On the side of the French flotilla we complain to the national radio microphone: "We work intelligently, we keep the material, we leave it in May, grow in the summer … and it is the others who reap the benefits. So we do not agree, they pamper her, their Saint-Jacques, the Normans, both their culinary jewelery and their economics: of the 15,000 tons landed annually in French ports, 60% is in Normandy, 50 % only in Seine-Maritime, where it is, so to speak, the largest employer of fishermen, from Dieppe to Grandville, she is entitled to her birthday every year, it is tasted in all sauces and we have the specifics.
In 2002, the fishery in the region gave it a red label to protect it from counterfeiting that was legally tolerated: in 1996, the imported scallop had the commercial right to borrow its name. Nothing to do however with the real Saint-Jacques, the Pecten maximus coral and cream flaps, melting and meaty. But the subtlety escapes the frozen rays, where the competition is furious and the commercial appetite is also devastating.
The demand is increasing and with it the pressure on the resource. Like their Breton neighbors in the bay of Saint-Brieuc, who had imposed a draconian arrangement of fishing with the scale since 1977, limiting the size of their boats to 13 meters and their power to 250 horses, the Normans decided to take measures. That same year, 1996, they also reduce their fishing time to marry the natural rhythm of the crustaceans. The breeding season is sacred, the summer is completely dedicated to underwater love: the fish farms will be satisfied from October to May, with a peak in December. The calendar will be refined over the years and according to needs. In 2016, the Norman fishermen decide, for a whole season, to ban the "queen zone" of Seine-Maritime. In the meantime, the rings of the nets have been expanded so that each shell can slip less than 11 cm.
Voluntary measures that are valid only on the French side
But here, fishermen across the Channel, sharing the water with the Normans, do not hesitate to invest in protected areas, sometimes even in July and still unequal weapons, while "the fishing effort The British continue to grow on their side. two parties multiply until France and England reach a compromise in 2013. The agreement provides that France will give part of its fishing rights to the United Kingdom in return for compliance with the summer closure Competition remains unfair to French fishermen: the summer ban only applies to British boats of more than 15 meters and do not limit their size the rest of the time.
"A fleet of English and Irish ships is engaged in an unlimited scallop fishery off the Seine coast," in November 2016 Thierry Foucaud, the communist senator of Seine-Maritime, warned in a written question to the government. "The fishermen (Normandy) report an increase in sea tension caused by the presence of at least fifty fishing units from 12 to 38 meters, for which the same rules do not apply as those provided by French nationals", the parliamentarian, who is a " fish dump, made possible by the renunciation (of Great Britain) of every rule of monitoring the activity, under the influence of ultra-liberal ideology ". Furibards, the Norman fishermen refused this year to extend the agreement. The English still tumbled before the start of the season, some with boats measuring more than 30 meters.
In a letter addressed to the government, Sébastien Jumel, PCF delegate from Seine-Maritime and the mayors of Dieppe and Tréport, Nicolas Langlois and Laurent Jacques, urgently call for the adoption of rules that apply to all professionals French or English. A meeting on this subject should take place this week. To see if it is still Waterloo …