Infuriated fishermen have anchored their boats across the harbour mouth of the small French fishing village of Vallon des Auffres, near Marseilles.
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.