Frequently asked questions
• What action is Scapêche taking on responsible fishing?
• Which species do you fish in the Mediterranean?
• Do you fish tuna? Which species and where?
• What do you think about the proposal to ban fishing in certain zones in order to protect coral ?
• Have you developed a technique to combat bird mortality?
• How do you limit environmental pollution linked to your activity (discharge, waste, oil, burnt gas, etc.)?
• What are you doing to limit the fuel consumption of your boats?
• Are you investing in the fight against illegal fishing?
• Do you agree with improving controls at sea?
• Have you participated in the Grenelle de la Mer?
• What advice do you give consumers about their fish consumption?
• How are your crews made up?
• What is the average length of a voyage?
• What are you doing to improve safety on-board?


What action is Scapêche taking on responsible fishing?

Since 2004 Scapêche has been committed to an approach that recognises « responsible fisheries», guarantees respect for numerous criteria based on environmental, resource, social and product quality and has already obtained recognition for 7 species: coley, monkfish, black scabbardfish, blue ling, Patagonian toothfish, hake, crab.

Which species do you fish in the Mediterranean?
Scapêche does not fish in the Mediterranean.
The fishing zones where its boats operate are situated:
  • In certain divisions of the European seas, divisions defined by the International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES) for 16 of its 17 boats
  • In the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF), around the Kerguelen and Crozet islands, in the case of the longliner Ile de la Réunion.

Do you fish tuna? Which species and where?
In season, usually between July and October, Scapêche catches longfin tuna or white tuna.
These catches are with paired pelagic trawling on its boats Bougainville, La Pérouse, and Fastnet. The fishing zone stretches from the Gulf of Gascony to the West of Ireland.


What do you think of the proposal to ban fishing in certain zones to protect coral?
Thanks to the collaboration of fishermen, numerous zones with coral have been identified and fishing has been banned there by the European Commission. (See PMA map of vulnerable deep habitats)

Have you developed a technique to combat bird mortality?
Scapêche comes across numerous marine species on its voyages. It respects these species and intends to preserve in their ecosystems.
For longline fishing, in order to protect marine birds, Scapêche shoots the lines out at night and hauls them in during the day.


How do you limit environmental pollution linked to your activity (discharge, waste, oil, burnt gas, etc.) ?
As part of its responsible fisheries approach, Scapêche is committed to limiting its carbon footprint.
It has therefore chosen to act on several levels, from using new boats to logistics (with a system of forward bases, including reduction of waste on-board (selective sorting).

What are you doing to limit the fuel consumption of your boats?

Scapêche is doing several things to reduce its carbon footprint.

In particular,  logistical organisation of the transportation of the fish from the distant fishing grounds to France, reducing the distance travelled by boats by means of the system of forward bases and by optimising lorries to the quantities of fish caught.

Other measures include optimising the engine speed, which directly influences fuel consumption:

  • Using econometres on-board boats
  • Adjusting the speed of the boat to achieve a reasonable speed / consumption ratio
  • Studies on improving the pace of fishing to optimise water flows and reduce resistance

Have you invested in the fight against illegal fishing ?
Scapêche is actively fighting against illegal fishing. Scapêche-COMATA operates and co-finances with the French authorities the patrol boat Osiris, an old poacher boat based in Réunion, confiscated by the Affaires Maritimes and fitted it out as a surveillance boat, in order to stop illegal fishing off the Kerguelen islands.
The Scapêche boats are frequently inspected, at sea and in dock, and the logbook data is cross-checked with the sales recorded at auction.

Do you agree with improving controls at sea?
Scapêche and the producers' organisations have actively participated in the preparation of the specifications for developing the electronic logbook , soon to be implemented.

Have you participated in the Grenelle de la Mer (Ocean Round Table) ?
In 2009, Scapêche, France's leading fresh fish company, was consulted about the Grenelle de la Mer launched jointly by:

  • Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of State, Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Regional Development,
  •  Dominique Bussereau, Secretary of State for Transport,
  • Chantal Jouanno, Secretary of State for Ecology,
  • Hubert Falco, Secretary of State for Regional Development

Scapêche was consulted as part of the "deep-seas" programme chaired by deputy mayor Philippe Boënnec.

What advice do you give consumers about their fish consumption ?
Because Scapêche fishes many species good quality fish can be enjoyed any season, at an affordable price, and eating fish is strongly recommended for a healthy diet.

How are your crews made up ?
Each boat has a set crew, relieved (for some) in thirds. The personnel department,on land, is responsible for recruitment, if necessary.

What is the average length of a voyage?
It all depends on the fishing technique and especially how far the fishing grounds are from the boat.
For example the voyage of the purse seiner the Tximistarri II lasts a day, while the voyage of the longliner the Ile de la Réunion lasts an average of 3 months. For most of the other boats,the voyage lasts an average of 8 to 12 days.

What are you doing to improve safety on-board ?
Scapêche regularly organises meetings of the CHSCT (Health, Safety and Conditions at Work Committee). A Unique Prevention Document (DUP) is on-board each boat.
In 2010, Scapêche organised training and safety awareness sessions for its crews. It has also developed a close working relationship with the IMP (Maritime Prevention Institute), which has boarded each boat to carry out a safety test and raise the awareness of the crews to safety and personal protection equipment.
Mariette Le Roch II (© Yannick Charles)
Mariette Le Roch II (© Yannick Charles)
Locaux Scapêche à Lorient (© Maëla Bourdet)
Scapêche premises in Lorient (© Maëla Bourdet)
Virage du Chalut (© Yvon Le Roy)
Hauling in the trawl (© Yvon Le Roy)
Dans la tempête (© Yohann Le Gal)
In the storm (© Yohann Le Gal)
Débarque à Lochinver (© Renan Via)
Landing in Lochinver (© Renan Via)
Julien Coléou en pêche (© Romain Fageot)
Julien Coléou fishing (© Romain Fageot)
L'arrivée du chalut (© Frédéric Graf)
Arrival of the trawl (© Frédéric Graf)
Le fourreau à couteau (© Frédéric Graf)
The knife scabbard (© Frédéric Graf)
L'Ile de la Réunion (© Don à la COMATA)
L'Ile de la Réunion (© Don à la COMATA)
Capitaine (© Frédéric Graf)
Capitain (© Frédéric Graf)
Débarque à Lochinver (© Romain Fageot)
Landing in Lochinver (© Romain Fageot)
Virage du Chalut (© Frédéric Graf)
Hauling in the trawl (© Frédéric Graf)
Dans la houle (© Yohann Le Gal)
In the swell (© Yohann Le Gal)
Départ de Lochinver (© Yannick Charles)
Leaving Lochinver (© Yannick Charles)
Maillage de la chaîne (© Jean-Pierre Bourdet)
Links in the chain (© Jean-Pierre Bourdet)
Pierre-Jacques Matigny (© Romain Fageot)
Pierre-Jacques Matigny (© Romain Fageot)
Virage du chalut (© Romain Fageot)
Hauling in the trawl (© Romain Fageot)
Débarque des tourteaux du Zubernoa (© Maëla Bourdet)
Unloading crabs on the Zubernoa (© Maëla Bourdet)
A quai à Lorient le 15/11/07 (© Thierry Creux)
Docked in Lorient on 15/11/07 (© Thierry Creux)
Virage des casiers sur le Zubernoa (© Lucas Le Sauce)
Hauling in the pots on the Zubernoa (© Lucas Le Sauce)
Pêche du Tximistarri II (© Tristan Douard)
The Tximistarri II's catch (© Tristan Douard)
Mariette Le Roch II (© Yohann Le Gal)
Mariette Le Roch II (© Yohann Le Gal)
Amarrage le long du quai (© Alain Roupie)
Moored along the quay (© Alain Roupie)
Bougainville (© Estelle Salvert)
Bougainville (© Estelle Salvert)
Fastnet (© Benoît Gidouin)
Fastnet (© Benoît Gidouin)
Héliotrope
Héliotrope
Jean-Claude Coulon II
Jean-Claude Coulon II
La Pérouse (© Estelle Salvert)
La Pérouse (© Estelle Salvert)
Claude Moinier II (© Lucas Le Sauce)
Claude Moinier II (© Lucas Le Sauce)
Ksora (© Scapêche)
Ksora (© Scapêche)
Mirentxu I (© Scapêche)
Mirentxu I (© Scapêche)
Pierre-Jacques Matigny (© Romain Fageot)
Pierre-Jacques Matigny (© Romain Fageot)
Rossoren (© Alain Roupie)
Rossoren (© Alain Roupie)
Tximistarri II (© Tristan Douard)
Tximistarri II (© Tristan Douard)
Zubernoa (© Maëla Bourdet)
Zubernoa (© Maëla Bourdet)
La marée (partie 1)
La marée (partie 2)
La marée (partie 3)
La marée (partie 1)
La marée (partie 2)
La marée (partie 3)