A scallop boat was docked near the port of Le Havre in northern France. Sky News writes that the allegation against the ship’s captain was confirmed by evidence from the British government. The captain will appear in court in August 2022, according to the French Attorney’s Office.
The arrested vessel belonged to Macduff Shellfish. Allegations against the captain “Fishing in French waters without a license“.
Macduff Shellfish states on its website that it has authorized scallops fishing in French waters under a fishing agreement that is part of the Brexit Agreement.
“Our ship seems to be in the midst of an ongoing dispute between the United Kingdom and France over the implementation of Brexit., “Macduff Shellfish writes. The company calls on the British government to protect the rights of fishermen.
The dispute between France and Britain is related to the issue of fishing licenses in the territorial waters of the United Kingdom, 6 to 12 nautical miles from the United Kingdom. This also applies to the waters around the island of Jersey and other British royalties.
British Environment Minister George Eustis told Sky News on Friday that the United Kingdom had granted fishing permits to 1,700 vessels, including 750 French ships, after Brexit. According to him, another 55 vessels could not be licensed because they did not meet the relevant requirements.
However, France expressed dissatisfaction and threatened to tighten the conditions for British fishermen and truck drivers.
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