Fishing and consumption of cakes and crabs was banned from Friday in the Seine estuary due to "adverse outcomes" in terms of levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), announced the prefecture of Haute-Normandy.
This prohibition order "after discussions with the fishing industry," according to the prefecture for the area III of the Baie de Seine which runs from Houlgate (Calvados) in Fecamp (Seine- ).
It follows the recommendations of the Security (handles) that had a measured concentration of dioxins and PCBs above the regulatory limit, in cakes and crabs in the area, in an opinion delivered on 13 May. The handles were, however, advocated a broader ban on all of the Bay of Seine Cherbourg (Manche) in Tréport (Seine-Maritime).
Prefecture campaign states that "complementary" analysis will be undertaken during the month of August "to refine knowledge of contaminated areas in order to prohibit only what is really necessary to protect consumers."
In this opinion, the handles also confirmed that the sardine fishing has been banned since February 2010 still did not comply. In contrast, other species fished in the Bay of Seine as the bar, herring, mullet and sole were not contaminated, according to its findings.
Dioxin is a pollutant resulting in particular from waste incineration while the PCBs are now banned molecules that were used as lubricants in electrical transformers. These elements have accumulated over time in sediments of rivers and estuaries where they can be eaten by fish and shellfish and set in their fat.