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France refuses to remove its trawlers from British marine protected areas

For several weeks now, France has been "fighting" with the UK over the issue of fishing in certain UK marine protected areas.
On March 22, the British government banned bottom trawling –a destructive fishing technique involving scraping the ocean floor with heavy nets– in 13 of its marine protected areas, to protect these rich ecosystems.
The problem with this measure? None. Well, "none" if you care about the planet and its ecosystem... which doesn't seem to be the case for the French government. For France, this measure to protect our planet (and our future) is "above all a discriminatory measure against its fishermen", who operate in these protected areas. The thing is that... it isn't discriminatory as it applies to everyone, including British ships. As Claire Nouvian, president of Bloom, nicely puts it: "It's one thing for France not to want to protect its so-called 'protected' areas, but it's absolutely scandalous that it should also decide to attack states that really want to protect their own."
So long for the "Year of the Sea" that Emmanuel Macron promised 2024 would be. I guess it is just easier not to care about our ecosystems, marine lives, and our planet.

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  • George Kariuki

    4 w

    This is so disappointing! France refusing to respect protected marine areas hurts the environment.

    • winnie nguru

      2 w

      @george_kariuki It begs the question, why then is it a protected area to begin with?

    • Rashid Kamau

      4 w

      Such disputes should be discouraged!

      • Kevin

        4 w

        France is engaging in a very unnecessary contest here !

        • winnie nguru

          2 w

          @Kevin this is the height of greed

        • walter lungayi

          4 w

          Cooperation and respect for marine conservation efforts are vital for the health of our oceans. It's important for countries to work together to ensure the sustainability of marine ecosystems.

          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

            4 w

            This is sad.I believe France and Britain can still come up with a consensus on this issue.The end game is protecting out marine life

            • zelda ninga

              4 w

              Trawling damages coral, sponges, starfish, worms, and other sand-dwellers as the nets scrape against the ocean bed, they need to do better and change this.

              • Sarah Chabane

                4 w

                This is such a silly dispute

                • Victor Erik Ramos

                  4 w

                  What will future fishermen even be able to catch? Its a race to the bottom, literally....

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