Cooperation Maritime

Cooperation Maritime  is a non-profit organisation under the French Act of 1901, acting as the umbrella organisation for France’s fishing cooperative movement. Its purpose is to support and foster sustainable small-scale fishing. It defends the industry’s interests as a member of the following bodies: France Agrimer ; France Filière Pêche ; National Deep-Sea Fishing and Fish Farming Committee (CNPMEM) ; Crédit Maritime/BP ; Cluster Maritime Français ; Conseil Supérieur de la Coopération; Institut de Développement de l’Economie Sociale ; Coop FR ; Institut Maritime de Prévention ; OCAPIAT and CGPME.

Cooperation Maritime Conseil et Services
Coopération Maritime Conseil et Services (CMCS), a fully-owned subsidiary of Coopération Maritime, acquires holdings in entities of strategic importance to the industry:
Marine diesel oil: Since 2012, CMCS has owned a 49% stake, as joint shareholder, in Douarnenez-based diesel oil distributor Ysblue.
Marine safety equipment: CMCS is also involved in Ouest Sécurité Marine, a Europe-wide specialist in marine safety equipment maintenance.
Cooperatives and subsidiaries
Coopération Maritime is the umbrella organisation for over 150 cooperatives and cooperative subsidies, covering the entire coastline of France:
supply cooperatives plus CECOMER, their central purchasing agency
equipment cooperatives
fishermen’s organisations, most of which are members of FEDOPA
management entities, comprising 1,000 vessels within CGPA
regional Crédit Maritime branches, along with the central company
marine mutual funds and insurance firms
marine fish farms.

Past projects

Pechpropre (2018)

PECHPROPRE was a project to assess the financial and technical feasibility of setting up a voluntary, nationwide, sustainable management system for used fishing gear.

PASAMER (2016)

The PASAMER project aimed to adapt automatic longlines for catching sea scabbard and hake in way that promoted more selective, less energy-intensive fishing, potentially reducing its impact on the seabed.

SOIP (2015)

The SOIP project involved harnessing innovative sensors and digital simulations to reduce the energy consumption of on-board fishing gear (without increasing fishing capacity).