Why does France import so much fish?

Why does France import so much fish?
Why does France import so much fish?

France imports three quarters of the seafood products consumed on its soil.

A phenomenon that TF1’s 8 p.m. focused on.

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TF1’s 8 p.m. has gone to stores to fish for French seafood. We searched for a long, long time. But in our nets, we mainly caught Norwegian cod, Scottish salmon, or even tuna made in Ghana.

These are three fish that the French love. But very few are fished along the French coast. So, to meet demand, the sector must import massively: three out of four fish come from abroad.

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To produce locally, there is still an option: aquaculture. In short, it involves the breeding of fish in enclosures. In a future farm in Gironde, the objective is to produce 10,000 tonnes of fish per year, or 3% of French salmon production. “We will be in growth ponds, which will be 20 meters in diameter, 8 meters deep”details Paul Miliotis, chairman of the board of directors of the company Pure salmon France, in the report visible at the top of this article.

The other solution for consumers is to prefer wild French fish. Less beautiful and sometimes less stylish, they have above all the advantage of being less expensive. “Scotland salmon costs more than 30 euros per kilo. And there, for example, we have mackerel for less than 10 euros per kilo, from Brittany”shows us Charlène Simon, fishmonger in Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis).

France is the fifth country that imports the most fish in the world: around 2 million tonnes each year.


The editorial staff of TF1info | TF1 report: S. Cardon, R. Sygula, O. Stammbach

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