of water sliding sports, surfers, bodyboarders, bodysurfers, windsurfers,
kitesurfers, stand-up paddlers, kayakers, skimboarders, wake surfers, swimmers,
responsible fishermen, defenders of nature and ocean, men, women : for a freed
and securized coastal shore, let this huge playing field at everyone disposal
and not at a few haves.
1. The issue:
is an old age method consisting in circling fishes in open water with a net.
This net is spread out in between a leaden boltrope in deep water and a
floating boltrope on surface: it is than manipulated by one or two seiners’
boats to circle the shoal. As a result, this technique targets a wide variety
of fishes: salmons in the ADOUR estuary, Meagers in GIRONDE, Seabasses in
In south west
France, this method from another age enriches two boats, known by all, who
wrongly got media attention. One is based in ARCACHON, and the other one in
CAPBRETON. Every recreational angler operating in the region, from the shore or
on boat knows about their actions. Often surprised by the scene, every water sliding sport fan
witnessed their deeds.
They go fishing too close to the
beaches in one meter of water or less, in our famous “baïnes”, everywhere:
space belongs to them, surfers have to deal with it at their peril, boaters are
just “buggered of”, for them, nothing is forbidden, everything is permitted.
Logs and complaints are accumulating but remain ignored. Surf spots are regularly
surrounded. Thousands of
sea shore anglers and hundreds of boaters accumulate empty-handed and
If by chance,
few fishes are located by few recreational fishermen almost systematically one
of these seiners of the region arrives as a prey bird to throw their seines at
a few meters from the coast or on the located zone to swipe the shoal, wiping
out amateur’s hope, just like a hold up!
On South West France
beaches made with thin sand without any rocks, this method is dramatically
effective, implemented with over motorised boats, guided by more and more
sophisticated electronics, with unsinkable hulls, nets face no obstacle and teer
the whole shallow water column. The shoal is almost systematically trapped...
take ownership of the least seabass shoal, which venture near he coast.
ressource is collapsing: EEC is now taking conscious of it by taking this
winter 2014-2015 some restrictive measures, whereas scientists of all european
countries have already sounded the alarm for many years. But nothing is done
for the Golfe de Gascogne which is dying.
has been lasting for too many years now.
The fact that
the fish stock in our region is part of the past is unfortunately a sad reality
that no study could deny. But the fact that common interest of the crowd of water and
"baines" fans and
recreational anglers’ interests are robbed and despised is a scandal that can’t
be tolerated anymore.
2. The solution:
The ocean and
its inhabitants are part of the heritage of all citizens and certainly not to
the preserve or “private fishing” of a few people who could exclusively help
to be reawakened! Common interest must
prevail: respect of the ocean, our heritage, orders us to put a stop to those unfair
Our beautiful region must be what it used to be in the 60’s and
attract again nature and ocean respectful lovers, ensuring a securized
practice of their leisure activity.
Nature will take
its course in a few years of practice of virtue. Moderate and supervised
fishing with minimal and maximal landing sizes to protect both young fish and
even more precious parents will enable a longlasting renewal of the ressource.
will finally explode in South West France shores and the every region where
those common sense measures will be established. Bait shops will no longer
decline but will grow everywhere, same for recreational boating.
sliding sports and swimming, incidents will cease, by and on the water,
accidents will be avoided.
But the first to
take advantage of those drastic changes will be professional fishermen who are
targeted in this petition: they will happily move into fishing guides and will
earn their living without squandering the ocean all around the year and without
walking into their own execution but in making their customers sharing intense
will become themselves the most fervent supporters of a system wich proved itself
in other many countries: they know it and are waiting for the signal to change
practices and switch from “getting every fish quickly before the neighbour” to
“responsible fishing to last long” and finally live in harmony with others and
their every day environment.
List of official
supports (updated 2015-10-05):
The National Federation
of boaters and sports fishermen from France (FNPPSF)
The municipality of LE
The European Fishing
Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA)
The web page « la PÊCHE et les POISSONS » (august 2015)
The weekly page « La GAZETTE OFFICIELLE de la PÊCHE et de l’EAU »
(n°2253 august 28, 2015)
Sportfishing Society (BASS)
SOS SAVE OUR SEA BASS
The bimonthly magazines
« PREDATOR » (November, 2015)
The municipality of
The society SURFRIDER EUROPE FOUNDATION (“The Guardians of the Coast”)
The bimonthly “PÊCHES et BATEAUX” (november,
The biannual « PÊCHES en
ADOUR-GARONNE-PYRENEES » n°43 (autumn 2015)
The monthly « la PÊCHE en MER »
The mayor of MOLIETS (40) -
The monthly “SURFSESSION” (November 2015)