November 9, 2011
Scapêche denounces Greenpeace methods
This morning fishing vessel owner Scapêche, a subsidiary of the Les Mousquetaires Group, was attacked by Greenpeace in three Zodiacs off the coast of Scotland. Several militants demonstrated an irresponsible and dangerous attitude by trying to hook themselves onto the cable connecting the net to the boat in a 3 metre swell.
This morning fishing vessel owner Scapêche, a subsidiary of the Les Mousquetaires Group, was attacked by Greenpeace in three Zodiacs off the coast of Scotland. Several militants demonstrated an irresponsible and dangerous attitude by trying to hook themselves onto the cable connecting the net to the boat in a 3 metre swell. In spite of numerous calls for care and the safety by the captain and members of the crew, which the activists ignored, the Zodiac inevitably capsized. Fortunately there were no casualties. The commander offered in vain to help them, as the sea report of the accident makes clear. This event took place during a fishing expedition which was that morning targeted on hake (a stock universally considered to be abundant) and not on the deep-sea fish.

Scapêche wants to reiterate that it carries out its fishing activities responsibly, perfectly legally and according to the highest regulatory standards of fishing activities in Europe. It has always been open to dialogue and insists on the fact that these extremely dangerous actions put both the activists and members of the boat's crew at risk. Scapêche has suggested dates for a meeting with Greenpeace, but with no response to date.