Bretons want to recreate a local fishing industry, sustainable and entirely under sail

We forget the old rigs and we bet on a catamaran. It is not because they have the ambition, with the “Skravik” project, to recreate a local, sustainable fishing industry entirely under sail that the handful of young Bretons anchored between Brest and Plougastel-Daoulas (Finistère ) look to the past. “Skravik means tern in Breton, a sea bird very present on our coasts”, recalls Tangi Le Bot, founder and today sole employee of this young structure which has attracted the attention of the world of marine sciences and from Europe.

“It is perhaps a bit cliché, because all the fisheries, especially in our department – 1,200 km of coast and as many types of fisheries as vessels -, are different, but it is estimated that 2 kg of fish caught is equivalent to a liter of diesel. Our idea is not to rethink current fishing, but to draw inspiration from traditional methods to revive virtuous systems, a bit like an Amap, by adapting to the species present in the harbor of Brest, sea bass to the spider passing through the seashells. “

A catamaran transformed into a fishing boat

The objective being also to reduce the underwater acoustic impact of fishing by moving with the force of the wind, the association was able to obtain a catamaran that had to be adapted for fishing conditions. “Thanks to the funding of the EMFF (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund), she is now changed to a professional ship, or almost, because we still have adjustments, ”continues Tangi, going around the boat, dry, in the old shellfish port of Tinduff, in Plougastel. The old pleasure boat is still undergoing modifications and regular monitoring at Roland Jourdain’s very famous Kaïros shipyard, in Concarneau, but also from a helping hand from Mer Forte, for questions of naval architecture. And should make its first sea trips at the end of the month.

The other strong point of the project led by Tangi Le Bot, doctor in marine biology but also a sailor, and his colleagues, is also its potential for environmental expertise in support of scientific research. “We are going to offer researchers and technicians to accompany us for, for example, campaigns for testing oceanographic tools but also for sampling in the harbor”. The small team will begin its first vessel test campaign in a few days, before embarking on real fishing tests.

This attractive project, both environmental and social, already well supported, won the first phase of its crowdfunding more than 10,000 euros, which will help finance the rest of the operations. A first assessment could be drawn up at the end of next spring for, who knows, an official launch of Operation Skravik in the summer of 2022. Until the mention “fished by sail” will one day make the difference on the stalls from the fishmonger.

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