The Jersey government announced on Monday that it had accepted the three-month extension of the provisional licenses granted to EU boats, a deadline until the end of September which had been defended by the French government.
“The Jersey government is proposing to extend by three months the transition period which allows certain French boats to continue fishing in the waters of the bailiwick,” he said in a statement.
The deadline for the outcome of negotiations between Brussels and London concerning fishing in the Channel Islands was set for June 30.
“Recently, the European Union requested an extension of the transition mechanism, which was due to end on June 30 next. The Ministers of Jersey granted this request with regard to the boats on behalf of which the European Union has submitted license applications (…) ”, added the government of the Channel Island, the closest to the islands. French coasts.
Thus, “from July 1, the modified transition system will allow the 47 boats equipped with a satellite vessel monitoring system (VMS) and already in possession of a license, as well as a reduced number of small European boats (177 requests for which the communication of evidence is already in progress), to continue fishing in Jersey waters ”, according to the same source.
Bring visibility to fishermen
This three-month postponement, requested on May 12 by the French Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin, should make it possible to bring a little visibility to the fishermen and to give time for negotiation.
An explosive subject throughout the negotiations on the conditions for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, the access of European fishermen to British waters continues to cause friction despite the agreement on post-Brexit relations found between London and Brussels, in force since January 1.
“Jersey welcomes the dialogue initiated at the technical and political levels with the United Kingdom, the European Union and France with a view to resolving the complex and sensitive issues relating to fisheries”, declared Senator Ian Gorst , Jersey Minister of Foreign Affairs, quoted in the press release.
At the beginning of May, dozens of Norman and Breton fishing boats gathered in the port of Saint-Hélier in Jersey to express their discontent, causing London to send two patrol boats before the situation returned to order. the day.
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