Infuriated fishermen have anchored their boats across the harbour mouth of the small French fishing village of Vallon des Auffres, near Marseilles.
CU to LV..Nets open Port de l'Estaques
LV Fishing boats in Vallon des Auffres harbour
SV Fishing boat
SV Fishermen repairing nets
SCU Another fisherman repairing nets
SV Group of fishermen talking
SV PAN.. DITTO
STV The fishing boat with lamp attached to prow
CU The lamp
STV The fishing boat
CU PAN.. Nets on foreshore, PAN UP to harbour entrance blocked by small fishing boats
LV The blockade
SV Men run across barrier of boats
LV The barrier at harbour mouth
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Background: Infuriated fishermen have anchored their boats across the harbour mouth of the small French fishing village of Vallon des Auffres, near Marseilles. They intend to prevent fellow fishermen who use the "lamparo" system from putting to sea.
The "lamparo" system incorporates the use of a powerful light attached to the bow of the boat. Attracted by the light rays, fish are caught in their thousands without difficulty.
Supported by similar demonstrations in fishing ports along the Marseilles coastline, they are protesting that if more fishermen use the "lamparo" system, the seas will quickly be 'over fished', resulting in loss of livelihood.
Although very much used by fishermen in Spain and some parts of the French Cote d'Azur, the "lamparo" system has previously been shunned by Marseilles fishermen. However, the Secretary-General of the Mercantile Marine recently authorised its use, and many local fishermen scrapped principles and jumped at the chance of making large catches.
Man with stronger feelings about the matter have relinquished their certificates and are on strike. While their boats lie idly at anchor they stand around mending their nets, or arguing.