France’s only salmon farmer installs surveillance cameras at site to deter thieves

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Had to get special permissions as Cherbourg farm is in military zone.

The site has not had any of the heist issues seen in Chile. In fact, it hasn’t seen any thefts at all.

Saumon De France, based in Normandy, France, will install two surveillance cameras that will operate day and night, 24 hours a day.

It’s all about deterrence said owner Pascal Goumain to France Blue, who explained that it is a question of discouraging those tempted by a fish that costs twice as much as imported salmon. Goumain said that he has repeatedly spotted lures and fishing baits in the nets of the farm.

The site raises around 400 tonnes of salmon a month.

CEO Pascal Goumain of Saumon de France. Photo: Saumon de France

“We have a real ecosystem that has developed around the farming with algae and wild fish. The temptation may be great to come close or too close,” he said.

The salmon farm is based in Cherbourg Naval Base, which is why they had to get special permissions to install the EUR 10,000 devices, expected to be done in June.

The images will be viewed once a week to identify possible suspicious boats.