‘We’ll cut your electricity!’ French fishermen threaten Jersey in massive row over fishing
Fisherwoman calls for 'more coverage' of responsible fishing
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Tensions have reached breaking point following a massive row between French fishermen and the island of Jersey after new post-Brexit fishing laws published on Friday reduced French fishing opportunities in the area. French officials insisted the new rules are “null and void” and have now cut all ties with Jersey. And in a huge escalation, French authorities have now threatened to “cut electricity” to Jersey as a cable runs from northern France to Jersey, in response to the row.
A new post-Brexit licencing law that came into effect in Jersey on Friday has meant French boats that want to fish in Jersey waters need a licence issued by the Jersey Government.
An official list of 41 vessels that had received their licences was published on Friday.
The licences are issued to French boats as long as they can prove they have previously fished in Jersey waters – this includes including proof that they have fished around Jersey on at least 10 occasions in any one of the last three years.
However, a group of French officials has declared the licenses “null and void” and despite the new laws being discussed for months the French authorities have claimed the “inexplicable conditions” have not been discussed with them and that they are “against expectations”
The new laws also place a limit on the number of days for fishing (seven to 170 depending on the boat), restrictions on types of fishing vessels, and the closure of certain areas.
French officials said: “At no time, throughout the many discussions we had with Ian Gorst, Jersey’s External Relations Minister, was there a question of additional criteria being added to the licences.
“We are asking the French Government to approach the European Commission to ensure the terms of the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement are respected and applied.”
They then went on to threaten that they will “cut the electricity” as a response to the new laws being made as a cable, that runs from Normandy in Northern France, supplies Jersey with its electricty.
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