Oyster farmers in the Bassin d'Arcachon, in Gironde, are asking for help to monitor their oyster beds.
“For the past fortnight, oyster farmers have been victims of repeated burglaries, explains Olivier Laban, president of the regional shellfish farming committee.
All around the Basin, from Cap-Ferret to Aiguillon, we deplore thefts, intrusions and damage to vehicles, production equipment and funds in the oyster huts as well as in the tastings.
One month before the end-of-year celebrations, the sector is heavily mobilized for this period, which represents up to 60% of its annual turnover.
"Even if surveillance of certain ports is planned from December, we are now calling for a significant reinforcement of the police and gendarmerie forces", continues Olivier Laban.
While the profession is thinking about re-establishing a network of sworn guards (professional oyster farmers or retirees from the profession), it is asking the authorities for help.
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