Tensions over Brexit fishing erupted following an “apocalyptic” crisis in France | UK | New
France blocks a post-Brexit financial services deal between the EU and the UK as the country races over fishing rights in the Channel. It comes as French fishermen clash with Jersey over access to the waters around the Channel Island. Last week, France and Britain sent patrol boats to Jersey to monitor a demonstration by French trawlers. Tension has mounted since the Brexit trade deal was implemented in January, with fishermen across the Channel fearing the worst.
Arnaud Mille, head of procurement at Demarne Freres, which counts Britain as its first supplier, said in January that he and his colleagues had “never seen such delays” because of broken supply chains. supply.
He added: “It was apocalyptic. We have lost 30 years.”
Stéphane Pruvost, managing director of fish processor JP Maree, said he had suspended all imports from Britain and tried to fill the void in his orders for salmon and monkfish in markets such as Norway and Denmark .
He said, “When you have fewer sellers, there is less choice on price, and sometimes quality. Right now, we have no other choice.”
Pierre Haem, head of exports at L’Argonaute, said he had spent more time researching papers than selling fish since the Brexit deal was struck.
He said: “Sending fish to London was as easy as selling it down the road. Now it’s like sending fish to the planet Mars.”
The UK has entered into a trade deal with the EU, resulting in changes to the fishing quotas enjoyed by European vessels in UK waters.
The agreement ensures that 25 per cent of the fishing rights of EU vessels in UK waters will be transferred to the UK fleet over a period of five years.
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This gives Jersey sole power over licenses for all vessels, but French vessels with historic fishing activity in Jersey waters will continue to have access and may still outnumber Jersey vessels.
This arrangement replaced the Granville Bay Treaty – an agreement that was not popular with some in Jersey because it allowed French authorities to allow their own boats to fish in the island’s waters.
The amnesty is now over, which means any non-Jersey vessel must prove its historical activity in the island’s waters and obtain a permanent license to continue fishing there.