Presented during the 2018 MedPAN experience sharing-workshop.
In 2017, a case of illegal fishing outside the norm was revealed. The catches, sold to restaurants and fishmongers in Marseille, came mainly from non-fishing areas. This “coup de filet” is the result of management actions undertaken in the territory over the past several years:
- a collective work dynamic built with professional and recreational fishers,
- the development of a comprehensive field monitoring strategy articulated with a clear and effective criminal policy,
- the strengthening of the skills and specialisation of the actors in the criminal justice system.
Criminal sentences are a strong signal that biodiversity is being taken into account in judicial cases. The ecological damage, estimated at 450,303 euros, will be judged soon, involving the resellers. The success of such operations is now made possible by the dynamics generated by the Calanques National Park.
Contact: Patrick Bonhomme & Sébastien Mabile, Calanques National Park, France (please contact MedPAN secretariat for details)