Undercover oysters deter French shellfish thieves

Emmanuel Parlier with one of his firm’s crime-fighting electronic tracking oysters

Fake oysters that contain tracking electronics are helping prevent hundreds of thousands of euros-worth of thefts

Plastic oysters filled with tracking electronics are helping to prevent hundreds of thousands of euros-worth of thefts.

The fake oysters, which are indistinguishable from the real thing, have led to 15 prosecutions for theft or receiving stolen goods after just six months of use.

Emmanuel Parlier came up with the idea after seeing a buoy which sends real-time data from oyster beds about water temperature, salt levels, opacity, tides, and other details.

“I ...

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