Traditionally committed to responsible and sustainable fishing in the heart of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, SAPMER works alongside researchers as a fishing company aiming to better understand the species, for a sustainable management of the resource. Moreover, it commits itself to preserving this exceptional natural heritage.
A scientific commitment with the Paris Natural History Museum
SAPMER and researchers of the Paris Natural History Museum work hand-in-hand to improve knowledge of the marine species living in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. Data on the Patagonian Toothfish is thus collected on board our fishing vessels to be fed into the researchers’ databases. Our vessel, AUSTRAL, is regularly made available for POKER campaigns (‘POisson des KERguelen’ – Fish from the KERguelen), with the aim of evaluating the resources available in these fishing zones. A partnership which encourages the observation campaigns carried out by the Paris Natural History Museum and confirms the active role played by SAPMER in preserving marine resources.
Furthermore, SAPMER is a member of the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators (Colto), which regroups practitioners and disseminates good fishing practices of the Patagonian Toothfish at an international level.
At the heart of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories natural marine reserveThe zone encompassing Saint Paul and Amsterdam Islands, part of the Crozet Archipelago and part of Kerguelen territories were classified as a natural marine reserve of the French Southern Territories in 2006. SAPMER commits itself to preserving this exceptional natural heritage at the core of its fisheries activities. Its work in collaboration with the agents of the Natural Reserve perfectly portrays this smooth cohabitation between a responsible fishing company and an institution concerned with the protection of these untouched and wild territories.
Still on board the AUSTRAL vessel, fishing stocks assessment campaigns are carried out in collaboration with the Natural History Museum and the Reserve with the aim of contributing to the conservation and protection of the marine environment. The most recent one, dating back to 2013, made it possible to improve the mapping of seabed types and evaluate the impact of fishing activities on the environment. SAPMER is therefore totally and directly involved in the protection of the environment.