"A big part of our business involves meeting people," says Jean-Loup Thivet. "We go visit organizations, clubs, harbormaster's offices; we attend annual meetings where we explain the rationale behind our approach and talk up the value of using SOBAD Marine's services. That's how we serve as ambassadors for quality, providing support, service and advice. It's our way of helping to promote better energy."
Environmental and financial pressures3 have helped to return the fishing fleet to a more optimal size. Ships are turning a profit once more, and new vessels are under construction. Everywhere except in the Mediterranean, "the fish are returning."
3Adopted in 1983 as an offshoot of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is currently designed to promote sustainable use of maritime resources, maintain marine biodiversity and ensure a decent wage for industry professionals. A reform of the CFP is proposed every 10 years; the 2013 reform was the third in the policy's history. Source: www.touteleurope.eu
Focus on the SNSM:
The SNSM: Over 100 Years of VolunteerService on Behalf of Maritime Safety
Founded in 1967 with the merger of the Société Centrale de Sauvetage des Naufragés and the Société des Hospitaliers Sauveteurs Bretons, the Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM) is a nonprofit organization, registered in 1970, whose volunteer members work primarily to save the lives of those in danger at sea and along French coasts.
For more than a century, volunteers — many with a background in the maritime world — have been contributing to their local communities by aiding seagoers in three ways:
- Saving lives at sea and along coastlines. Volunteer water rescue crews patrol the oceans, while onshore lifeguards supervise beaches. The crews at sea render help to anyone facing a real or potential nautical disaster.
- Training others to save lives, at 32 training centers located throughout France. Eight hundred volunteer instructors provide nearly 400 hours of classroom training and workshops for future beach lifeguards. Graduates of the program volunteer in coastal communities during the summer months.
- Preventing hazards and educating the public about the dangers posed by the sea and some commonsense rules to follow. To introduce even young children to the principles of ocean safety, SNSM volunteers give talks in classrooms and during school-sponsored seaside excursions.