The image shows 100,000 dead fish carpeting the Atlantic Ocean after a super trawler said it “burst” a giant dragnet.


Blue whiting caught by an industrial trawler.

Blue whiting captured by a Scottish industrial trawler.MARCEL MOCHET / AFP via Getty Images

  • Dutch-owned super trawler FM Magrigiris deposited 100,000 dead fish off the coast of France on Thursday.

  • The image of the incident shows a deep blue white carpet in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • The French and European Commission have begun an investigation into the spill.

The French and European Commissions have begun investigating how the Dutch-owned Super Troller deposited more than 100,000 dead fish in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of France on Thursday.

FV Margiris, the world’s second largest fishing vessel, deposited carcasses of fish in the Bay of Biscay early Thursday morning.

The spill image shows a dead blue whiting carpet, a variant of cod used for mass production of fish fingers, covering a surface area of ‚Äč‚Äčover 32,000 square feet. The Washington Post.

Annick Girardin, French Minister for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, called the image “shocking.”

of Tweet The minister, posted Thursday, said he had ordered the French national fisheries surveillance authorities to begin an investigation.

“France defends sustainable fishing, but this is not reflected here,” the tweet continued. “If a breach is proven, sanctions will be taken against the responsible shipowner identified.”

The EU Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commission said on Twitter that the EU Commission, the administrative body of the European Union, has also begun an investigation.

According to the statement, the fishing group PFA, which represents the owners of trawlers, said the spill was due to a rupture of a super trawler net.

“This is a very rare event,” PFA added.

However, Sea Shepherd France, who shared the first image of the spill, accused the ship of intentionally and illegally depositing fish, The Times reported.

The group said it believed the vessel adjusted the spill because it wanted to dump the species of fish it did not want to process. This is a practice prohibited by European Union fishing regulations.

Trawlers like Margiris usually use huge dragnets to catch fish and process them on board. According to the Washington Post, environmentalists are critical of this practice because it depletes fish stocks and damages marine life.

Lamya Essemlali, Chairman of Sea Shepherds France, said: Sky News: “It affects the fish population itself, but it also affects predators like dolphins, as the fish these super trawlers are fishing for are the main prey for dolphins and sharks. Basically, we are driving dolphins to starvation. “

Owned by the Dutch company Parleviliet & Van der Plas and sailing under the Lithuanian flag, Margiris was forced to leave Australian waters in 2012 after environmentalists protested.

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