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Director: Chloé Henry-Biabaud & Sybille d’Orgeval

Production: Talweg Production, France, 2017,
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With 3,500 kilometres of coastline, France is a land of sailors.
Fishing communities and their traditions are rooted in its culture and history.
Yet major changes occurred after the Second World War with the development of industrial fishing.
Today, the profession itself is under risk due to quotas, overfishing and diminishing fish stocks.

Director's statement

We wanted to show seventy years of upheaval through personal stories.
It is often said that seafarers speak little.
Yet ultimately, regardless of what they are fishing, we found passionate people who spoke to us naturally and openly.
In particular, they spoke about a time when fishing was difficult but free, with no other restriction but the sea in stormy weather.

Chloé Henry-Biabaud & Sybille d’Orgeval

Why we selected this film

A film which presents the problems that small fishers face in France, tracing the history and twists of an industry which has been in crisis since the 1980s.
What went too far?
What were the mistakes which resulted in overfishing and the clashes which took place in the 1990s?
At a time when the seas are being emptied of fish, which solutions to overfishing can we find to achieve sustainable fishing methods?
This well-directed film provides a comprehensive overview of the issue and teaches us much about this little-known world.
Through archive images and interviews, we understand the problems of small traditional fishers more completely.


Corderie Royale de Rochefort & Association Hermione-La Fayette : Prix Mémoire de la Mer 2018


Choose your fish carefully

Today, 90% of commercial marine species are overfished or fished at their sustainable limits… Greenpeace isn’t anti-fishing, but for a type of fishing that affects  the least our planet, fishermen and the balance of our oceans.

That is why it is so important that you choose the fish you buy depending on the species (don’t buy threatened species, be aware of reproduction cycles) but also the fishing techniques (forego the fish caught in a destructive manner).


Check out all our detailed recommendations: greenpeace.fr/poissons-consommer-nuire-a-planete/

Diminishing traditional resources

Traditional energy sources (oil, gas, uranium, carbon) are running out.
These sources aren't renewable, and their reserves are diminishing faster and faster: global consumption has increased by 75% in the past 30 years and doesn't show signs of slowing.
If we don't change our habits, we will surpass our planet's capacity for supplying traditional energy sources in the near future.

Eat local

Consuming locally produced food reduces the number of intermediaries, shortens highly polluting transportation and contributes greatly to reinforce the economic vitality of our regions.


To learn more: bioetlocalcestlideal.org

Water foot print

We also talk of virtual water. This is calculated by taking into account the volumes of water withdrawn or polluted to produce a product (but not its transportation to where it is consumed).
It takes :
- 1,000 liters of water to produce a liter of milk (water consumed by the cow, animal feed and washing);
- 3,920 liters to produce a kilogram of chicken (30 liters to drink and 6,630 liters to grow its feed (cereals and oils);
- 100 liters to produce a kilogram of cotton (mostly for irrigation);
- 15,155 liters of water to produce a kilogram of beef (120 liters to drink, 35 liters for washing and 15,000 liters to produce the feed the animal consumes.


LALANDE · Tuesday January 15th, 2019 at 02:33 PM

Rétrospective efficace ! Un deuxième volet sur la Pêche “amateur” et son impact sur les ressources, métiers, dont il est question ?

LOUGOVOY Catherine · Monday January 14th, 2019 at 06:52 PM

Passionnante rétrospective Merci beaucoup ! On comprend d’entrée que la solution de “préservation” des ressources est … ne pas pêcher ! Et que les “méthodes d’industrialisation de la pêche “, les politiques diverses et “aides de circonstance ” sont bien en cause et tout à fait déterminantes ! >>>> comme il est regrettable que Greenpeace ne s’engage pas davantage aujourd’hui contre la pêche électrique !

Nicole · Monday January 14th, 2019 at 06:04 PM

J’ai bien apprécié ce film qui retrace les erreurs commises en matière de pêche en France, et ceci sans jamais nommer les scientifiques. Mais ceux-ci ont bien leur part de responsabilité quand même dans les logiques de rentabilité à tout prix qui ont mené à la surpeche. Ce film est basé sur l’humain et c’est ce qui est touchant.

Céline · Monday January 14th, 2019 at 10:02 AM

Je ne connais pas grand chose à l’histoire de la pêche en France, et ce n’est pas un sujet qui m’attirait particulièrement. Mais la bande-annonce m’a vraiment donné envie ! Je le regarde dès ce soir.

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