DECRYPTION – This optimistic assessment drawn up by Ifremer, however, hides deep disparities depending on the species and the fishing areas.
If more than 300 species of fish, crustaceans or molluscs are marketed in France, only about fifty of them represent 95% of what we find on the stalls of our fishmongers. Between overfishing, pollution and global warming, in what state are the metropolitan fish stocks overall? Much better than twenty years ago, notes with a certain optimism the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) in its annual report. Last year, in fact, 56% of the volumes caught concerned populations exploited sustainably, against only 15% twenty years ago. These positive figures, however, hide great disparities depending on the species and fishing areas, whether in the Atlantic, the Channel or the Mediterranean.
“A diagnosis of the state of resources is carried out every year using models that analyze both catches and abundance indices from scientific campaigns”has explained…