La Rochelle, France (7 jours/7)


Sad Atlantic

The RNE, Réseau National Echouages, set up in 1972, is the main tool for monitoring marine mammal strandings. It is made up of local correspondents who are ready to intervene when a case arises.
It is coordinated by the PELAGIS Observatory.
For 30 years, hundreds of dolphins have been stranded on the beaches of the Loire Atlantique and Vendée coasts. From January to March fishing is at its peak and many common dolphins are caught in nets and die drowning. Since 2016, the intensification of fishing in the Bay of Biscay has been endangering these mammals and society has become alarmed by this ecatomy. Pelagis estimates that 8,000 and 10,000 people have died each winter for the past two years.
What needs to be done to protect marine mammals?
The monitoring of strandings and the analysis of databases provide answers that public policies will have to implement to put an end to this scandal.

RNEThe causesReport a stranding