Christophe Guinot wins prize for his innovative environmental strategy
Local oyster farmer, Christophe Guignot, has long been a well-known face among the fishing community of the Languedoc coast. Now, however, he is an internationally-recognised defender of biodiversity.
His innovative idea of recycling oyster shells as a nesting habitat for migrating birds has won him the 2017 Prix Pôle-relais lagunes méditerranéennes. As part of the Life+ Envoll project and in collaboration with the Parc naturel régional de la Narbonnaise en Méditerranée, his shells are collected and redistributed to cover three purpose-created islands in the old salt marshes of Sigean.
Today, terns, avocets and other waders flock to the previously-abandoned area to nest and breed. This happy, harmonious relationship between sea, land and air is a beacon of light for sustainable development and a worthy-winner of the 2000€ prize investment.