No to looting sand from the pink granite coast in Lannion Bay (France)

When will the last bird at the National Natural Reserve in Sept-Iles, just off Perros-Guirec, disappear from the sky? When will the last fishermen of Lannion Bay put away their nets? When will the white sandy beaches that hem the coasts of Trégor leave way for rocky shores?

If the dredging project of the shell sand shoal, located between two Natura 2000 zones designed to protect Lannion Bay, is authorised by the government, the answer is: a few decades at most.

The inhabitants of the western end of Cotes d’Armor and those on the Finistère coast, live on the shores of the Lannion Bay, the “People of the Trégor dunes” with its unanimous elected officials, all oppose it. Trégor lovers who come from all over France to spend their holidays, sometimes for  over several generations, the millions of tourists who walk Ploumanac’hs coastal footpathand marvel at the gannets of Rouzic island, nobody resigns themselves to the environmental and economic disaster announced.


On the one hand, the prosperity of a country in North Brittany, Trégor, seated on the reasonable operations of, fishing and tourism, from its coastline, the market gardening farming and livestock industries, the birth of telecommunications thus Lannion became the capital in France. When a great poverty that lasted until the early twentieth century took over, 100 years later, exceptional regional success.

On the other hand, the project of the Armoricaine Navigation Company (ADC), a subsidiary of Groupe Roullier Saint-Malo has extracted 8 million m3 of shell sand, accumulated through millennia of sedimentation and currents, in an under-sea dune located  35 m deep less than 5 km from the coast, in the middle of Lannion Bay.

We now know: the sand is a finite, non-renewable resource on a human scale. Dredged at sea, it disappears from the shores. California, Florida, Malaysia bear witness, as shown by the documentary broadcast by Arte on 28 May, 2013, “Sand: investigation into the disappearance”. What will happen to the fauna and flora, when a link in the food chain disappears? In Lannion Bay, a tiny fish, sand lance, which lives by the millions in lightweight sands, such as the shell sand shoals, is the “feed” of fish and seabirds, including those who come to nest by the tens of thousands at the National Nature Reserve of Sept-Iles. Men, fishermen, marine professionals, tourists, also live in this natural resource. Ultimate beneficiaries of the chain of life that originates in the shallows of the bay, they refuse the predatory extraction of sand in which it evolved.

With the disruption of the seabed, what will happen during major storms, such as that of 10th March 2008, of which the Trégoroise coast still bears the traces?

Wildlife will be severely affected or disappear from the 4 km ² extraction area. But the turbidity generated by the fine particles suspended and rejected by dredging redeposit will travel up to 100 km2, in the quiet zones of Natura 2000 (an area of community interest) of the bay area threatening other ecosystems.


The public inquiry, supported by a study of indigent impact, fails to provide the minimum rational and democratic decision guarantees. It did not inform on alternatives to the extraction site or material, or the negative effects of the project. On behalf of 29 jobs advertised by Roullier Group, can the public authorities justify the loss of hundreds of jobs in fishing, boating and tourism? On behalf of alleged shell sands required to improve the land market gardening –extensively covered needs – can we destroy the sea? The government should not get caught up in the opposition Armor-Argoat, coastal and land, the Roullier Group emphasizes to ensure the triumph of its sole financial interest.

Finally, it is nevertheless incoherent, after creating the National Nature Bird Reserve of Sept-Iles in 1912, and protecting for a century after helping the region to address the disastrous oil spill in the Torrey Canyon and the Amoco Cadiz, after pledging to protect the coasts and the sea in two Natura 2000 areas covering almost all of the Bay of Lannion, after financing the action Coastal Conservation and arguing that the Côtes Armor  buys coastal land and protects the beautiful shores of concrete, yes, it would be inconsistent and irresponsible on the part of government, to give a private company the authorization to engage in a destructive operation on the natural environment when they greatly contributed to safeguarding of it. Public funds, spent for over 100 years to save the flora and fauna of the north coast of Brittany, coming from the hard work of generations of taxpayers, will they have all been spent in vain?

The underwater sand and sea is the property of all citizens. The subtle and fragile ecosystem of Trégor is the precious legacy of the work of past generations, thus we have a responsibility to future generations.

For all these reasons, we plead with the government to determine the gravity of the decision to be taken for the exploitation application that’s has been submitted by the Armoricaine Navigation Company. We ask them to give precedence to the protection of a region, its fauna, its flora, its coastline, its people, over the financial interests of one private company.

We expect the public authorities to triumph general interest over particular interest.

Signatory parties:

Florence Arthaud , Sailor , Marie Claude Aumont , Professor of Cardiology , Alain BONNEC , Spokesperson People Dunes Gâvres -Quiberon , Allain BOUGRAIN DUBOURG , Journalist, President of the LPO , Marie Germaine BOUSSER , MD , University Professor ; Monique CHERRY BEN – GUIGA , Honorary Senator , John Charpy , Honorary President of tourist Country Tregor Goelo ; Genevieve Delaisi of PARSEVAL , psychoanalyst ; Delestrac Denis , Director of the film ” sand, investigating a disappearance” , Marie Hélène DENNINGER , Hematologist , Patrick JEFFROY , Restaurateur ; ** Yannick Lageat , Professor Emeritus of geomorphology; Gerard LANCIEN , university Professor , Ronan LE DELEZIR , a lecturer ; Jeannine tHE RHUN , a lecturer , Bernard LOUEDIN , painter , Patrick Pepper of Arvor , journalist, writer , Guillaume RAPPENEAU , Producer , Yves Terlain , Browser , Patrick van EFFANTERRE Engineer ; Fernand Verger , geomorphologist , professor emeritus at the Ecole Normale Superieure , Kenneth White, writer, Prix Medicis abroad; the grand prize of French outreach for the French Academy..

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