fishing allowed again after suspected oil pollution

Orders were issued on July 11 to ban fishing in the Gulf of Fos-sur-Mer. These measures were taken after a report of pollution.

Prohibited for a little over a week, fishing is again authorized in the Gulf of Fos-sur-Mer, said the prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône and the maritime prefect of the Mediterranean in a press release. Orders were taken on July 11 after a report of pollution at the bottom of the sea.

“The analyzes required by the approved laboratory (Oniris) on the concentration of hydrocarbons did not show any contamination exceeding the strictest standards of fish taken from the marine environment”, can we read in the press release.

Difficult investigation

The authorities explain that the underwater survey with a drone was “very difficult due to very low visibility on the bottom”. A French Navy ship was mobilized and divers took other samples which are still being analyzed.

In addition to the measures concerning fishing, trawling, dredging and diving have been temporarily banned within the limits of the large seaport of Marseille and the Gulf of Fos-sur-Mer.

The prefectures ask fishermen to remain vigilant as to the risks of pollution and report any reports to ddtm-crise@bouches-du-rhone.gouv.fr.

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