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Coronavirus: in the Grand-Est, the breeding of freshwater fish in crisis

“With the ban on fishing and the closure of restaurants, we are deprived of our main sales networks,” laments Yannick Jouan, advisor for the aquaculture sector in the Grand-Est. A sector that has suffered since the beginning of the containment due to the Covid-19 epidemic, with a fall in turnover of around 96% in April for the thirty freshwater fish farms in the region.

“At the beginning of the year, given that the rivers were in flood, the recreational fishing associations of the Grand-Est had postponed their hatchery. When we could then repopulate the ponds and rivers, the containment began. “

150 tonnes of unsold trout

Result: breeders are left with 150 t of unsold trout. “Our fish thrive in our ponds because they cannot be released into the rivers. The problem is that if your trout get too big, they will also be refused by the restaurateurs, ”decrypts the man who is also a breeder in Boismont, in Meurthe-et-Moselle.

If more and more establishments offer traditional Alsatian dishes to take away such as blue trout or the famous carp and fries, the shortfall is considerable with the closure of the restaurants: “In April, we lost 80% of our turnover ”, says Jean-Baptiste Stalder, co-manager of Kohler Fish Farm in Frisen (Haut-Rhin). A carp farmer who is also worried about consumers’ disaffection for fish since the start of containment. Our products are not considered comforting for the French, therefore, it is the triple penalty. “

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