Scapeche claims drop in deep-sea species catch

Date: March 11, 2015

Source: undercurrentnews

Scapeche, France’s largest fresh fishing fleet, announced deep-sea species made up less than 25% of its catch in January and February.

The Heliotrope leaves Lorient for its first fishing campaign since being converted into a freezer-longliner on Dec. 1, 2014. Photo: Scapeche

That is down from over 60% at the start of the 2000s, when the fleet was still fishing at depths of up to 1,800 meters, said the fleet, which is owned by Intermarche parent Le Groupement des Mousquetaires.

Faced with a fierce campaign by NGOs over the impact of deep-sea bottom trawling, Scapeche pledged last year it would stop the practice at depths of more than 800 meters, starting Jan. 1, 2015.



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