Loctudy, France

06/11/13

At Loctudy, the piling or disposal of the sea bed extracted through the dredging of Loctudys and Lesconils ports has caused a backwash. The piling rejects a thick mud which has difficulty dispersing as well as the macro-waste from the ports on the sea bed of Natura 2000 zone. The long term battle led only by the langoustine fishermen, they are joined today by Frédéric, a Keeper of the Coast, with the support of Surfrider Foundation Europe.

The sea bed extracted through the dredging of the Loctudy and Lesconcil ports is not liable to be disposed of out to sea, and even less so in a Natura 2000 Zone. The mud too thick to disperse, causing asphyxiation of the seabed preventing photosynthesis; the langoustines find themselves literally mummified on the spot by this mud. The problem doesn't stop there, because piling is indeed known to contribute to the transfer of pollutants and these are boat engines, tires and other macro-waste derived from the dredging of the port, which are found in the nets of fishermen. The piling is strongly suspected of polluting the Natura 2000 zone “Roches de Penmarch”.

Between an asphyxiated ecosystem, langoustines buried alive by the mud being too compact, and macro-waste being transferred from ports to the open sea, the analysis is alarming!

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