‘Scallop war’: French and British fishermen skirmish over shellfishTony wyaad October 6, 2019 24 Comments
It’s a scene worthy of a naval battle… Filmed from a French troller, these French fishermen throw rocks before getting rammed by their target, an English boat. Early Tuesday morning, around 40 Normand fishing boats set out to confront their English counterpart. The tension mounted quickly, as they hurled insults and threw flares at each other. It went on for several hours, damaging three boats before the police arrived. The situation ended when English boats retreated and left the area. “In the end, it paid off because they left. They left, but they got more than 20,000 scallops. As my colleagues have said, we won the battle but we haven’t won the war.” It’s a recurring conflict. For years, French fishermen have denounced what they call “a summer pillage in the Baie de Seine”, a French coastal region. There, British boats can legally fish year-round but the French must wait until October 1st. They’re concerned about overfishing and the impact on their business. On Tuesday night, The British federation of fishermen called for calm and negotiations.