A better management

Fishery professionals have been the first to be involved in the management of marine environment, the future of their activities relies on the quality of this environment above all. In fact, thanks to their almost permanent presence at sea, fisherman have become capable of identifying changes in the marine environment parameters, and thus to raise alarms and to act as true « sentries of the Sea ».

Due to the high number of professions and gears used, French fishery may be considered as protean. For several decades, fishermen have engaged many actions, either at individual level or collectively, for a more balanced and responsible management of marine resources: management of the activity with the deliberations of the Committees for Fisheries (quota fishery authorizations, closing ranges, technical measures…), labor claim court regulations, creation of closed areas… are very diverse, specific and often overlooked, or ignored.

In addition, the Committees for Maritime Fisheries and Marine Fish Farming conduct or contribute to various projects in favor of the preservation of the marine environment and endangered species:

  • For an improved selectivity of fishing gears: Selecfish, Seleccab, etc.
  • For a decrease of accidental catches of marine mammals: Procet, Filmancet, etc.
  • For a reduction of the impact of the activity on species and environment: CarRejet, Jumper, etc.
  • For a better understanding of species: of rays, of the sea bass (collection of empiric knowledge of professional fishermen work in functional fishery areas, Bargip), etc.

In order to gather these good practices of the French fishery professionals, the CNPMEM performed a study in 2010, partly based on in-situ interviews of professionals and managers of the concerned local entities (Producer organizations, regional and local committees for fisheries, quality standards organizations…). After a stage of identification, the mechanisms for the implementation of good practices and their impact were observed. This work enables the sharing of experiences within the profession, so that any of them could find inspiration in the good practices of the others.

To learn more, read the study report (in french).

Mis à jour le 27 March 2015