The surveillance frigate Nivôse left its base port of La Réunion on January 16, 2018 and began a surveillance mission in the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF). This mission of about fifty days has for main objective the surveillance of the fisheries, and in particular the fishing of the toothfish, in the archipelagos of Crozet, Kerguelen and Saint-Paul and Amsterdam.
Currently, toothfish are mainly caught near the Kerguelen (more than 50% of sales come from it). Only seven vessels are authorized to fish for toothfish, so it is an area of interest for the fight against illegal fishing in French exclusive economic zones (EEZs).
During its surveillance mission, the Nivôse will benefit from a five-day stopover in Cape Town, South Africa, to restock before leaving for the forty-ninth. After a passage by Crozet, the frigate will make a long stop at the Kerguelen Islands with the support of the Pétrel mission (landing of a commando group of the 2nd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment (RPIMa).
Through its presence in the TAAF, the Nivôse assures the support of the French nationals of the zone. Indeed, between 50 and 120 people take turns, depending on the season, on the permanent base of Port-aux-Français, thus requiring refueling.