The bluefin tuna is endangered in the Mediterranean. 6 0000 tons are caught annually by 1000 ships equipped with the highest technology including satellite systems to locate schools of fish. This tasty fish is worth its weight in gold, especially in Japan, read here a survey that I published in 2006 on this issue. "About a month ago, he came close to an edge that bluefin tuna blocking the port of Marseille. Tuna in the Mediterranean and the Rainbow Warrior II found themselves facing the entrance to the French port. Insults, threats, tensions, both sides accused each other of the causes of the disorder. With this procedure, Greenpeace seeks to alert world public opinion about the threats to the oceans by relying on the most iconic fish of the Mediterranean: the bluefin tuna. Fished for thousands of years, this species has an overexploitation of its stocks in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Despite the quotas. "Despite the quota of 15,000 tons per year because they are not met, exceeded three times by the fishermen of the Mediterranean, despite warnings from scientists.
Support of France to a standstill
The President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, said, said Courrier International this week by taking a Sunday Times article , that France would support the ban on bluefin tuna to replenish stocks. In his speech of July 16, in Le Havre, the President stated: "Finally, it is true that threats to the existence of certain species such as bluefin tuna can not be ignored." The same Nicolas Sarkoy that before taking the presidency of the European Union, responding to a question Audrey Pulvar the quota policy he wished the overhaul, after chambered on his knowledge of fishing bluefin tuna:
"What I want is that the question of the resource, not quotas. If it shows me that the resource is endangered, we need quotas. I do not dispute the quota, I doubt the scientific analysis to meet the expert opinion. When you're at sea all year round, we should still get an idea of the resource that you live. Then the second problem we have, which is scary and that is why I went to see the fishermen with Michel Barnier parenthetically that has done an outstanding job, it was the plan of 310 million fishing euros, this is because with the doubling of the price of oil to operate the boats, you fishermen who spent three weeks ... sailors who spent three weeks at sea and left with a small packet of fish! It is not possible, it is not possible! They can not get out. So what do we do for them? They gave aid: the removal of business tax, we gave aid to the modernization of our fleet so that it consumes less fuel and then why give them aid? Because they, unlike the road, I guess we'll talk about it, can not put in the price changes in the cost of fuel because they are subject to competition and that the consumer behind. "
It's a bit long enough in any case for not answering the question. At the end of the French presidency, nothing has finally moved.
By the end of August, France should specify how the exit plane of the fleet for tuna which could then no longer fish for bluefin tuna. Each of these vessels is worth several million euros, given its equipment.
"The bluefin your mother! "
The case of the Mediterranean bluefin tuna has been the subject of intense battles, almost physical, especially when the ship Greenpeace , the Rainbow Warrior II, in 2006, attempted to enter the port of Marseilles to alert public opinion public of the dangers facing the bluefin tuna. This was not to the liking of fishermen as shown in the following excerpts, presented by Europe Ecologie, so a little fragmented but respecting the tone, ottoman, ottoman, the original documentary presented in the always delicious show aired Strip Tease on France 3.
To a refund of grants to fishermen?
Tuna seiners therefore await future decisions of ICCAT on the quota issue to see what sauce they will be eaten. A bouillabaisse perhaps, even if they have managed over the years to defend their interests with fierce spirit we know them , cursing , sometimes threatening. At the head of their fight, a man . Mourad Kahoul Adept "verbal words," Mourad Kahoul a direct spoken. News Ex-Adviser UMP Marseille, he also chairs the union of tuna and the regional committee of marine fisheries and mariculture Paca, it is becoming the first Prud'homme Marseille , responsible for reconciling fishermen. Colorful character, the man now agrees to participate in campaigns counting tuna. Of current September, the French fleet and will participate in this operation. Like Monaco, France, Germany, Great Britain supported the proposal to place bluefin tuna in the Atlantic in Appendix I of the CITES Convention, which would effectively ban commercial exploitation abroad.
Beyond the issue of bluefin tuna, including the implementation of political discourse is to measure, France should be faced with another problem related to fishing in the coming months: the e reimbursement by the national sector aid , including diesel fund, FRAP, granted to fishermen between 2004 and 2006. The amount is about 65 million euros. In the manner of fellow farmers, not sure fishermen willingly accept to pay the money. And we know their determination.
Cover photo: Greenpeace. Rally near the Ministry of Fisheries in 2008.