British and French fishermen conflict within the English Channel in ‘Scallop Wars’ battle

French and British fishermen have clashed within the English Channel over a hoard of scallops – the most recent flare-up in a years-long warfare over the prized shellfish.

The British have been closely outnumbered at 5 boats to round 40 French vessels and officers from France have been referred to as out to maintain the peace within the scallop-rich waters off Normandy.

Stones have been thrown and boats have been rammed leaving numerous vessels with holes of their hulls because the livid rivals clashed off Seine Bay, based on native studies.

French fishing officers later accused the British of ‘pillaging’ scallop provides.

French and British fishermen clashed in the English Channel on Tuesday over a hoard of scallops - the latest flare-up in a years-long war over the prized shellfish. Pictured is a previous confrontation between rival French and British fishermen off Le Havre in 2012

French and British fishermen clashed in the English Channel on Tuesday over a hoard of scallops - the latest flare-up in a years-long war over the prized shellfish. Pictured is a previous confrontation between rival French and British fishermen off Le Havre in 2012

French and British fishermen clashed within the English Channel on Tuesday over a hoard of scallops – the most recent flare-up in a years-long warfare over the prized shellfish. Pictured is a earlier confrontation between rival French and British fishermen off Le Havre in 2012

In line with French media, fishing vessels had set off from Trouville-sur-Mer, Port-en-Bessin and Ouistreham to confront the English. It’s not clear which ports the small British fleet have been from. 

‘The French went to contact the British to cease them working and so they clashed with one another,’ mentioned Normandy fishing chief Dimitri Rogoff, claiming that whereas there was stone-throwing he had not heard of any accidents or harm. 

‘The French virtually surrounded the British,’ Rogoff mentioned, prompting the British to flee.

Rogoff mentioned ’round 40′ French boats had gathered in a single day in protest at British ‘pillaging’ of the scallop provide.

French boats solely have the fitting to fish for scallops from October 1 till Could 15 to permit native shares to regenerate, however the British don’t face the identical restrictions.

The French trawlermen wished the British to remain north of a line operating from Barfleur in Normandy to Cap d’Antifer to the east to keep away from operating provides down, Rogoff mentioned.

Tensions have been excessive between British and French fishermen for a number of years, resulting in offended disputes which have been dubbed ‘Scallop Wars’.

In some years the 2 sides have been capable of come to partial agreements, however ‘not this 12 months’, mentioned Rogoff.

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