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Day of mourning in France for small-scale fishers, celebration day for the industry September 25,2020   |  Source: BLOOM

On 25 September 2020, a historic mobilization for French fishers will take place: the symbolic funeral of the artisanal fishing sector will be organized by BLOOM, LIFE (Low Impact Fishers of Europe), Plateforme de la Petite Pêche Artisanale (the French small-scale fishers association), and Pleine Mer, to protest against the christening of SCOMBRUS, a new 81-meter long giant trawler. This event should gather several hundred people from 10:30 a.m. onward, in front of the headquarter of SCOMBRUS’s owner France Pélagique, in Concarneau.

Many ministers, elected officials and representatives of the fishing sector are invited to this symbolic funeral, but also to SCOMBRUS’s christening. These include Annick Girardin, France’s Minister of the Sea, Julien Denormandie, France’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, Gérard Romiti, President of the National Fisheries Committee, Olivier Le Nezet, President of Brittany’s Fisheries Committee, and Frédéric Gueudar-Delahaye, France’s Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture. By their presence alongside France Pélagique or artisanal fishers and NGOs, these public figures will have to take an unavoidable stance: defend small-scale coastal fishers or, on the contrary, the industrialization of the sector, which is synonymous with the


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