A blockade of the port of Lorient by fishermen who find themselves caught-up in the fuel crisis has been avoided after government support measure were announced yesterday
The French government has avoided a blockade of the port of Lorient by fishermen who find themselves caught-up in the fuel crisis.
Last night, Jean Castex, Prime Minister of France announced government support measures for the fishing sector and in turn the fishermen unanimously approved the immediate lifting of the blockade.
in the professional fishing sector
“To help fishing companies cope with the sharp rise in fuel prices, the government announced, on Wednesday March 16, exceptional financial aid of 35 cents per litre of fishing diesel. This system will be open from today (Wednesday, March 16) so that declared vessels can return to sea as soon as possible with the assurance of benefiting from this support. It will remain in effect until July 31, 2022.
As the Prime Minister pointed out: “our top priority is to maintain fishing activities that contribute to the country’s food sovereignty”.
In addition, Jean Castex declared that fishermen will also be able to count on “additional support from local authorities, and in particular from the Regions which manage the port infrastructures”. These regional measures remain to be specified.
The Breton Fisheries Committees welcome the announcement of this government aid which – although it will not solve all the difficulties facing the sector – will greatly contribute to helping the shipping companies whose financial balance is today threatened by the rise dizzying price of diesel. This is also good news for the crews whose wages could no longer always be guaranteed.
These government measures are the result of the mobilization of the profession and the negotiations that have been carried out relentlessly for more than two months by the Fisheries Committees – first and foremost the Breton Fisheries Committees – at regional, national and community level.
Following the announcement of these measures, professional fishermen from Lorient met in a general assembly. They unanimously approved the immediate lifting of the blockade of the fishing port of Lorient.”
The announcement of the support measures is part of Plan Résilience, which is a part of the French governments coordinated response to the current crisis.