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‘Scallop war’: French and British fishermen skirmish over shellfish


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.

Tony wyaad

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24 COMMENTS

  1. 911s73targa Posted on August 29, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Soo Baie of the Seine.. 22km out in sea.
    Isn't that the Exclusive Economic Zone of France??

    So how can the Brits fish there and the French cannot?
    It's the French EEZ, so if they say you can't fish there, then it's the same rules for everyone within the EU.

    Bit similar to the Brits in Gibraltar who say you can't fish in certain areas of the Gibraltar bay, and the Spanish doing it anyway…

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  2. mahadzir abd karim Posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    fish price will sky rocket

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  3. red drib Posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Oh Brexit… you will be hilarious

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  4. Ao Rum Posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Brexit was such a brilliant idea… thank you England and Wales

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  5. Abe Thomas Posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Fish easily get refugee.

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  6. Geoff Blackman Posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    They were legally fishing, so who is in the wrong here?

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  7. Kron Hertz Posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    The British still acting like colonialist… What's new?

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  8. Bridget Patrick Posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Hahhhh😁😂😀

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  9. Morrigan Ravenchild Posted on August 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    The Froggies seem to have forgotten Trafalgar!

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  10. roygbiv330 Posted on August 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    as long as uk is a member of eu, the british fishermen are limited so that they can go fishing within their predetermined distance from the coast. france has offered uk some of their fishing right (fishing period) in consideration of the british big ships being not sailing in that sea area. so the french fishermen are disadvantageous in a fishing period sense.

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  11. Hobo Neanderthalensis Posted on August 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Dear British, do it like The Beatles and let it be. You already lost against Iceland (no, I'm not talking about football – I'm talking about the Cod Wars) and you will loose against the French. Horatio Nelson's days are over😉

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  12. Stan Lee Posted on August 29, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    the weak piss french have never ever won anything bar asking for handouts, dead country!

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  13. Elton Freitas Posted on August 29, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    The war is never over

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  14. David James Posted on August 29, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    France is only hurting there own fisherman. Conserving the Scallops only so someone else can catch them is not conservation.

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  15. John Rokam Posted on August 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    EU is so fake, everyone there hate each other, most of eu is in war with germany and poland is in war with everyone around

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  16. Tom Hulme Posted on August 30, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    If only we fought the muslims as fiercely as we do each other

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  17. Dermot Hegerty Posted on September 1, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Next time you get invaded by Germany and immediately surrender, guess who isn't coming to help

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  18. Independence In Mind Posted on September 2, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Childish. The ocean is huge there is plenty of room for the both of them.

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  19. Ba bablacksheep Posted on September 6, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    ASSHOLEs grow 👆 up

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  20. Frantz Wartner Posted on September 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Perfidious Albion

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  21. John Smith Posted on September 15, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Next time French should day: hey Brits, get out of our ocean and going back home enjoy your fish and chips

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  22. bgcvetan Posted on January 17, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Defend the republic from the imperials.

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  23. Scottx125 Productions Posted on March 15, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Funny thing is the UK was acting legally. The French sailors technically broke the law xD… Next time we'll send a destroyer down there. Any Frenchies that misbehaves will get a lovely HE round through their ship.

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  24. ChatNoir13th Posted on July 21, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Trafalgar 2.0

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