Rennes municipal council: fishing prohibited in all Rennes bodies of water

Rennes municipal council: fishing prohibited in all Rennes bodies of water
Rennes municipal council: fishing prohibited in all Rennes bodies of water

Ban fishing on all of the city’s bodies of water? The provision was in the new Parks and Gardens Regulations. The municipal council has just adopted it this Monday, June 24. A measure that the City justifies by the pollution caused by recreational fishing, and in particular bait to attract fish.

The decision made Antoine Esneault, opposition municipal councilor (Reveal Rennes), come off his hinges. Summoned to an impromptu press conference following the defection of the minority during the Rennes municipal council, he transmitted the intervention he had planned to make on this subject. “Who can sincerely believe that it is the fishermen who aggravate the pollution of the site? You say that you prefer to favor swimming, which is less polluting in your eyes. In this case, follow your absurd logic to the end and ban sunscreen,” responded the elected official.

Cyanobacteria

Last year, the implementation of the biodiversity charter had already strained relations between pro and anti-fishing. The said charter, adopted in the spring of 2023, provided for a restriction – and not a ban – on the fishing zone at the Apigné ponds. The official reason? Guarantee good quality water for swimming. Baits, intended to attract fish, are in fact singled out for the proliferation of cyanobacteria. These micro-organisms regularly make swimming unsuitable on the only beach where it is possible to take a dip in the Breton capital. If the groundbait is responsible for the proliferation of cyanobacteria due to the nutrients it distills into the water, it is far from being the only one. According to the National Health Safety Agency (ANSES), livestock effluents, wastewater or soil leaching are the main causes.

Appeal to the administrative court

For fishermen, the decision to completely ban fishing on all bodies of water managed by the city is above all “ideological”. Jérémy Grandière, president of the Ille-et-Vilaine Fishing Federation, denounces an “anti-speciesist” measure.

The fact remains that, in reality, the total ban does not change much in the daily life of Rennes stud teasers. The Apigné ponds were the only “fishable” spot in Rennes, except for the banks of the Ille and the Vilaine, which are not within the jurisdiction of the municipality.

The ban on fishing in Rennes’ water bodies is, however, a Pandora’s box, fishermen fear. “For me, the ban on fishing is only a convenience measure which prevents these elected officials from tackling proliferations (of cyanobacteria, editor’s note), believes Jérémy Grandière. Today it is in Rennes, in Ille-et-Vilaine, tomorrow it will be in the four corners of the country. »And to announce an appeal before the administrative court to annul this order.

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